“Born In The Wild”? My Teen Says No, Thank You!

Have you seen the ads for the new Lifetime reality series “Born in the Wild”? According to their website, 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.”
Quite possibly the best birth control video ever, my 14-year-old son thought the commercial was pretty graphic, which depicts a woman laying in “Mother Nature’s arms” (aka the dirt), with the baby literally bursting out of her vajayjay (the action was blurred but it was pretty obvious what was going on). “I can’t unsee that!!” he moaned, covering his eyes with his hands and worrying aloud about the possibility of retinal scarring. Unable to hide my amusement, I quipped, “Hey, what goes in must come out, right?”
Clearly horrified that perhaps I was about to launch into yet another TED talk (Terrifyingly Embarrassing Discussion) about human sexual reproduction (and all its attendant responsibilities and consequences), he deftly dodged the conversation by profusely apologizing for any pain and suffering he caused me during his birth. Considering that he was born into the arms of a fully licensed medical professional in a nice clean hospital and with the assistance of an epidural, his apology was accepted. He is however trying to figure out how to block the Lifetime channel from our TV lineup. And taking mercy on the poor guy, I tabled any further discussion on this topic for another day.
The show premieres on Tuesday, March 3rd at 10 pm on Lifetime.  My son won’t be watching. Will you? Let me know in the comments!

9 thoughts on ““Born In The Wild”? My Teen Says No, Thank You!

  1. Wow! That is kinda graphic. My sister scared us all by doing a home birth with my niece but she had a midwife and saw an obstetrician throughout the pregnancy and had a backup plan built into her birth plan so if anything went wrong she could be at the hospital in minutes. She lives in Austin Texas and has a very holistic approach to her life. Like I said we were all scared for her and the baby especially since we were all so far away In Massachusetts. But my parents flew out and we’re there within minutes of my niece being born, with mother and baby in perfect health. I suppose I have probably been indoctrinated by Western medicine ‘ s approach to things but I also feel like there’s a time when you can take the holistic approach too far and it’s good to have a doctor around. I think that these women are taking unnecessary risks and I probably would have a hard time watching this show.

  2. Oh my… I hadn’t heard of that show… but seriously. In the wild is one thing, but there were cameras so not so IN THE WILD even if you were in the wild. WHY would someone want to do that? I think birth is beautiful, something to be shared with your love/spouse and close family, not the world on TV so you can be famous for being stupid. OK, just my 2 cents!!

  3. Ughh what will they think of next? I gave birth to five kids, the last thing in the world I would want to watch is a woman having a baby in the dirt. In fact I think even people who haven’t had kids would not want to watch that, and I can’t imagine why any woman would want to do that! Unless of course she just really needs those five minutes of fame. We live in a crazy world.

    • We really do live in a crazy world! My friend said that she felt the commercial is a good form of birth control because anybody seeing it would think long and hard about having a baby (and certainly not in the dirt!) Thanks for stopping by!

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