Left holding the baby
Jodie Power didn't like her new baby, so she gave it back.
Happily, the baby was not real, but part of a South Grafton High School virtual baby program being run as part of senior classes in child care.
"I hated it," she said. "It just screamed all night, and it was quite loud at 2am."
But other students, including Ashleigh Konemann, thought it was a great experience.
"It didn't worry me," she said. "I didn't mind getting up ... the first night I was up ev- ery half an hour. The most difficult thing was not being able to do what I wanted when I wanted."
The program is sponsored by the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice and aims to educate young people about parenting.
South Grafton High School principal Barry Bartley said it involved looking after a virtual baby for three days and, at the end of that time, being assessed via an on-board baby computer, on how the mothers went.