Skip to comments.New U.S. series films women giving BIRTH in the wild with no help from doctors
Posted on 06/05/2014 5:41:13 AM PDT by C19fan
A new reality show announced by Lifetime on Wednesday will follow young parents who forego not only hospitals during the birthing process, but also any shelter at all. Born in the Wild will portray the men and women who decide that giving birth surrounded by only the beauty and serenity of nature and away from any doctors or modern interventions is the way to go. Inspired by the huge popularity of a YouTube video that shows a woman giving birth in a tropical creek, some critics say such a show could kick off a dangerous trend that will endanger mothers and their babies alike.
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I’m waiting for the reality show, “Pooping in the Wild”. Heard they use pine cones for toilet paper.
My baby was born blue with the cord wrapped around her neck. If I hadn’t been at the the hospital with the best neonatal unit in the region, she would have died. As it was, the obstetrician pushed a button and a whole team of professionals swarmed in, got her and started working on getting her breathing, while the obstetrician could attend to sewing up the huge slice in me made to get her out quick. We are both alive and well today.
Birth is nothing to play with
On the one hand, 100+ years ago women did this all the time. On the other hand, 100+ years ago a lot more women and children died in child birth.
Would you say your experience is typical?
Sheesh I hope not but my point is this: you never know, no guarantees the baby will pop out easily and not need immediate assistance
These women can do what they want but don’t come crying if there are negative consequences.
“These freaks need to read their history books. Birth was a dangerous affair before modern medicine.
Are we not all products of primitive births?
How many FReepers know their origins from even 200 years ago?
I can trace mine only back to Uncle Sam of 1812.
It’s almost as if women’s bodies were designed to do this without assistance...
But it's a child-birth procedure with great economics.
Expect Obamacare providers to make it mandatory.
Not when indulging your whims and fantasies endangers a baby who has no choice in the matter.
“Free Range Babies”?
Sounds like you have a religious faith in government health care.
My Dad was delivered by a midwife. The nearest hospital was 14 miles away and was swamped by the 1918 flu epidemic.
My grandsons were also delivered by midwives, but the birthing facility was attached to a hospital and doctors could get there quickly if necessary. Big difference from the type of risky behavior described here.
Next thing will be another reality show where someone decides to commit suicide. When will
enough” of these stupid shows be enough?
Freedom is not freedom from criticism. These people are free to do as they wish (and to profit from a TV show about it). Others are free to criticize. That’s how freedom is supposed to work.
Criticize away. It’s what the chattering class excels at.
I have faith in the hundreds of years of medical advances that came before government healthcare. You know, complicated stuff like microbe control.
I used to have faith in a mother having enough of a brain to get herself and her helpless child someplace safer than an amoeba filled creek bottom to give birth. These days, I guess that’s too much to ask.
Even thousands of years ago, people had enough sense to get laboring women out of the open and to shelter. Mary didn’t give birth out in an open field you know.
My daughter presented wrong: a hundred years ago we’d both have died. My sister’s baby came out with the cord around her neck; if they’d been out in the woods, the baby would be dead or have suffered brain damage.
I’m all about letting people make choices. Birth at home, use a midwife, whatever, but doing it in the woods on a reality show is really dumb.
...and on the “third” hand, those deaths were part of a natural selection process, one which has been fiddled with by modern medicine combined with the “One World” collective mindset.
And 100 years ago, there would have been plenty of other women around who had already gone through this, and so knew what to expect, and who also could draw on several generations’ worth of additional word-of-mouth on dealing with childbirth.
Nowadays? Not so much. Not many women out there who’ve given birth with no one other than maybe one other woman to help hold the baby.
And except for a very few primitive tribes still inhabiting the far corners of the world, very very few women who know *anything* about just going off alone into the woods to give birth.
As to *without* assistance? It hasn’t been “easy” for the female of the species to give birth for tens of thousands of years due to the big fat brains we all have.
...and gay guys, after insemination and a short gestation period, only seem to give birth to... turds.
I believe every newborn would be best served by spending some time in a barn, being exposed to cooties.
Well, that should be interesting.
Who writes this crap?
I’m not surprised. After all, Stanley Ann Dunham did this when she shat the Mahdi under a waterfall in Hawaii and got a DIY birth certificate to make him an American citizen. That’s why there’s no real hospital generated birth certificate for the odious thing.
I don’t disagree that obamacare will force people to seek alternatives. But there has to be a better one than squatting in the dirt in the middle of the woods.
Not to mention animal feces, worms and parasites of all kinds, these women are fricking idiots
I really doubt these people are giving birth ‘in the wild’. There is probably a team of paramedics and a doctor standing right behind the camera.
If people want to give birth in the wild, more power to them.
But I suspect these people are merely pretending to give birth in the wild...and a lot of people who don’t realize that will go try it themselves, sans medical team....and potentially have problems.
That’s the treacherous part of reality tv shows like this. If they’ve got a medical team and a helicopter hiding behind the camera, they should put a disclaimer on the screen disclosing that.
My father was an old time country doctor and for years delivered babies in the patient’s home. Dad was proud to have never lost a mother or baby, but often talked about some close calls that caused him to stop home deliveries. I was an ambulance medic and also had the experience of delivering a baby in the field. While most deliveries are without too many problems, there are considerable risks and it is no trifling matter to deliver a baby in the wild. Back in the day when babies were delivered at home without any medical training or doctors childbirth deaths were common.
As if such things did not happen for....oh, the first 30,000 years of our existence.
I think squatting, period, is a better way because gravity is helping. I think the birthing beds they use in most hospitals are not ergonomically correct to allow gravity to play it’s part.
I suspect the male partners of the mothers were involved in the decision, and that is what the writer meant.
I agree with that! I know women who have done the home birth thing with the mid-wife and that's all fine and dandy in a normal birth, also they at least have the option of being life-flighted if things go very wrong, but I still wouldn't do it. Why take a chance?
When / who came up with the great idea that birth should occur with the woman laying on her back and her legs in the air?
I have no problem with women giving birth without a ton of medical assistance, even though I had four very medical c-sections. As long as they have a reasonably safe and clean environment, and nature can fit that bill, or not, depending, and as long as someone there is knowledgable about what could go wrong and what to watch for after birth, and there is a way to get to medical help quickly to save the mother or child.
But I think the YouTube filming should be put aside. Tell us your birth story - we don’t want to see it.
It would be horrible publicity for the show if one of these mothers or babies died, or a baby became brain damaged, and the word would surely get out. I agree, they probably have medical personnel just off camera.
One other aspect that makes me doubt these are ‘natural’ births - timing.
Does the couple, and camera crew, just meander around in the woods for a few weeks, around the window of when she is expected to give birth? I doubt it. They will probably have to induce labor, so they can schedule the event.
And I don’t know for sure, but ethically I would hope that a doctor who induces labor would feel obligated to hang around for the birth.
My wife gave birth to our fourth kid (VBAC) in the back of my truck on the way to the hospital. While the nurses were handy for repairs and cleanup, the actual birth didn’t require their knowledge in the slightest.
My oldest was breach the entire time. A C-Section was the only option for my wife, unfortunately.
I agree about the birthing-in-the-wild thing, but I’m really cynical about the “MUST USE HOSPITALS” mentality we have in the U.S. It seems to be more based on habit than any factual data, outlier cases notwithstanding.
I sure hope these films aren’t birth-porn, lol.
Babies have been popping out long before there were doctors, nurses and buildings of any type
This is insane. There is no excuse for putting their babies at risk.