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Mother Live-Streaming Childbirth

Would You Watch a Woman Give Birth Live Online?

A Canadian mother is live-streaming her natural home birth to show people what it's really like to have a baby — like "What to Expect When You're Expecting: the live-action version." While some may be too squeamish to view it, the mother, Dr. Nancy Salgueiro, wants to use her live childbirth video to help other expecting mothers. She says:

"The reason why I'm doing this is because in our culture we've created this idea with fear and this visual image of what birth is, and we don't know what to expect when we're going to give birth. And I really believe it's important for women to see what normal, natural birth is like."

My question is, what happens if something goes wrong? Will they keep filming? It seems pretty risky to put that all out there for the world to see, and it definitely takes guts. Personally, I don't think I could watch a live birthing video (or a nonlive one for that matter), but I can appreciate how she wants to use her experience to keep childbirth from being so scary and mysterious. And maybe it would be different if I was in that stage of life. Whether you're pregnant or not, would you be able to do it?

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jazzytummy jazzytummy 5 years
I think it should be mandatory viewing for everyone, since she will be the first person to ever give birth to a child.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Sure, why not? I was at the foot of the bed when my sister gave birth to kid #2, I saw it all. It doesn't gross me out. I've seen numerous birth videos too.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
I voted no, I think it's great that these sort of videos are available to those who want to watch them, but I'll pass. I guess the difference between this woman and all the other birth videos is that it will start streaming as soon as she goes into labor, not just at the last minute when the baby is born. You can even sign up for a text when she goes into labor. Checked out her fb page, she seems pretty screwy but at least she's passionate about what she does.
stephley stephley 5 years
I don't think it's close minded to say you won't watch a live birth on the internet. Like Tara says, there's the potential for things not going well and there are plenty of other ways to see a birth if you want to.
dfserine dfserine 5 years
wow 72% said no?! so close-minded.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
I watched a home water birth on Youtube. There was a midwife present. It was interesting.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
i don't think so. i have 3 children, so i think that's enough. people will really share anything, won't they?
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
:rotfl: You are a brave woman, Stephley!
stephley stephley 5 years
"I'd rather have an enema in a Walmart parking lot while doing a keg stand than have to experience that again." Maybe I'd watch that. I don’t know what world this woman lives in, but in mine, there are plenty of birth videos – professional, medical and homemade - around if you want to observe the experience.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
No. I was shoulder-to-shoulder with the doctor when my godchild was born. The father later told me that I turned ten shades of green and he thought that I was going to pass out on at least three occasions. I'd rather have an enema in a Walmart parking lot while doing a keg stand than have to experience that again.
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