Are you ready for a new reality TV show? Get ready, because this one is highly controversial and it hasn’t even aired yet. The Lifetime channel has an idea for their new reality series, "Born In The Wild." They plan to show pregnant women giving birth in the wild.
The series will have young parents who want to forgo hospitals, drugs, medical help and shelter to deliver in the wild as nature intended. The filming will take place in forests and rivers all across the U.S. The participants must be young, and they have one child born already.
Senior VP and head of nonfiction programming Eli Lehrer told Entertainment Weekly, “We’re taking extreme precautions to make sure the mothers and the babies are safe. Our presence at these births is going to make them far safer than if they were doing it on their own.”
One of the main concerns that people have is that this will encourage other expectant mothers to go out into natural settings to have their babies. A YouTube video posted in February, which shows a woman giving birth in a creek bed, has had more than 20 million views.
Lifetime is taking precautions to ensure the safety of the mothers and the babies. The expectant mothers must be healthy with no medical problems. They will have a trained emergency professional at the location. The location in the “wild” must be within a certain radius of a hospital.
If you decide to watch the YouTube video of the woman giving birth in the creek, proceed with caution. The scenes are explicit.
Is this going too far for reality TV? Do you think this show could encourage others to give birth in forests and streams instead of going to a hospital. Tell your thoughts below.