Oh Baby! Woman Set To Broadcast At-Home BirthSeptember 30, 2011 7 Comments
Usually, giving birth is something we want as little people to see as humanly possible. At most, I’m thinking a doctor, a nurse and my husband.
And it’s not just because there may be some (or many) embarrassing moments while trying to
poop pop out a kid, there’s also the fact that it’s an extremely sacred and intimate moment. It seems a bit creepy to let others share it with you (and voyeuristic on the audience’s part).
But we live in a world with the Internet. People tell us when they’re sick and what kind of blizzard they chose to order from Dairy Queen on Facebook, so it didn’t really surprise me when I read that an Ottawa woman would stream her live at-home birth on TV.
Nancy Salgueiro is a childbirth educator and her live birth decision stems from a desire to debunk certain myths that surround pregnancy. Young women may see an outdated video in sex ed (or maybe that was just me), but oftentimes they only see the “jarring images of delivery that are prevalent in movies and on TV.”
Her other purpose is to let women know that it’s okay to give birth at home. “Watching the live home birth will allow others to see how wonderful and gentle birth can be,” she writes on her website.
However, it could have the opposite effect, depending how the birth progresses. And then there’s the whole issue about what the kid is going to think in 20 or 30 years when he realizes how many people witnessed his journey into the world. All that’s going through my mind right now is The Truman Show.
Personally, I think I would stick with a close-knit group when the time comes. But despite my squeamishness, I’m curious. I mean, how often do we get to see an actual live birth?
It’s beautiful. It’s the miracle of life. If her choice to “overshare” can educate thousands of women about pregnancy, all the power to her.
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