Caring for a pretend baby does nothing to prevent teenagers from falling pregnant and it may even make them more likely to have a baby.
The pregnancy prevention programme is so popular that contestants on The Bachelor Australia recently tried it out on a group date – but they may need to be careful now, as it seems the experience may encourage pregnancies.
A robot baby on The Bachelor Australia. Image via Channel Ten.
Students on the education course care for a doll that cries when it needs to be fed, burped, rocked or changed. The infant simulator can then report on mishandling, crying time, the number of changes and general care.
But according to a new Telethon Kids Institute study, the programme designed to reduce teen pregnancies has backfired.
Almost 3,000 students, aged 13-15, were split into two groups and their fertility was tracked until they were 20-years-old.