Women Give Birth in the Woods for Sake of TV Show

woodsJust when you thought reality TV couldn't get any weirder, a show comes out, featuring women giving birth in the woods. Oh no, I'm not joking, friends. I'm as serious as an epidural. It's a Lifetime show called Born in the Wild, which was inspired by a YouTube video of a woman giving birth in the woods, and the press release reads: "What happens when the craziest experience of a woman’s life becomes truly wild, and soon-to-be parents decide to take on an unassisted birth in the outdoors? Born in the Wild will document the journeys of young, expectant parents who have chosen to give birth 'in the wild.'"

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As you may suspect, it's causing quite a stir with doctors and non-professionals alike, but Lifetime maintains that it's taken proper precautionary measures to ensure the safety of everyone. There aren't any first-time mothers allowed; all participants must have a clean bill of health; a trained emergency professional will be on site; and the production will remain within a certain radius of a hospital.

But still. Really?

There are many understandable reasons why a woman wouldn't want to give birth in a hospital -- unnecessary procedures; increased risk of C-sections; the impersonalness of it all -- but why in the woods (and, um, on TV)? Why not just have a nice homebirth, where there aren't things like dirt, insects, and the possibility of a thunderstorm? I'm fully in support of opting out of hospital births, but giving birth in the midst of a forest, although scenic, just seems, well, a little unhygienic.

Lifetime sounds like they've got all their crucial bases covered, but there's always room for things to go wrong in any medical situation. Why risk that when there's a baby involved? And, as with all things that appear on TV, there's always the chance that viewers at home will want to duplicate what they're watching -- regardless of whether or not they have a Lifetime medical crew standing by. How tragic would it be if someone's birth went horribly wrong, all because they were trying to imitate something they saw on TV.

No doubt, this show will get good ratings -- at least in the beginning. But let's just hope that everyone is safe, clean, and taken care of. And remember, kids, please don't try this at home.

What do you think of this reality show?


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