I’ll apologize in advance that I’m feeling super-judgey again today. But I keep seeing commercials for this show, and it’s driving me BATSH*T CRAZY.
Have you seen them, for Lifetime’s new series “Born in the Wild?” In case you haven’t, here’s a synopsis:
“In this new series, families take one step beyond homebirth and make the powerful choice to experience childbirth in the great outdoors. No inductions, no epidurals…just expectant mothers facing and giving birth in the arms of Mother Nature. They’ll take on the unique challenges of their natural environment, tackling every obstacle the wilderness can dish out in order to realize their dream of an outdoor birth.”
I’m just going to go out on a limb and assume the scenarios all end up with a living baby, but I can’t confirm that because there is no way in heck I would watch this show and spend money on what is, to me, glorifying one of the most irresponsible things I have ever heard. I mean, if you want to be wild and natural, eat Paleo, schedule a homebirth with a certified and reputable midwife, etc. But why in heaven’s name would you risk your child’s life simply to satisfy some idealistic desire to give birth on the ground in a forest?
I get wanting to de-medicalize pregnancy, to a point. I get wanting to commune with Nature (I love hiking and camping, personally). I get that Lifetime did their “homework” and ensured that all the women featured were low-risk, had given birth before, had hospital transfer plans in place, and that there were medical assistance teams standing by. What I find harmful is that Lifetime is encouraging giving birth in the wild as trendy. They cannot control who sees this show and thinks, wow, this is for me! – and doesn’t have a safe plan in place. Plus, a low-risk mother does not guarantee a safe delivery. It just feels so irresponsible to me, to glorify this as “natural birth.”
What do you think? Am I overreacting?