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New Lifetime series will show women giving birth in the wild

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Lifetime has announced plans to broadcast a new unscripted reality series, Born in the Wild, about mothers who are choosing to give birth outdoors.

The network described the new show in a press release:

ABOUT BORN IN THE WILD

For expecting mothers and fathers in their third trimester of pregnancy, things couldn’t get much wilder. From the mood swings and false alarms to the crazy food cravings, learning to expect the unexpected becomes a way of life in the final days leading up to birth. But 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.”

The series was inspired by a You-Tube video showing a mother giving birth by a stream that has already been viewed more than 20 million times.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the network is taking some precautions to minimize risks:

The Lifetime series is taking precautions to help ensure the safety of the mother and child. No first-time mothers will be allowed to participate on the show and all participants will have a clean bill of health. A trained emergency professional will be on site. And while the couple will choose the birthing location, the production will remain within a certain radius of a hospital should complications arise.

Eli Lehrer, Lifetime’s senior VP and head of nonfiction programming, says he has a personal connection to the show’s concept, since his second child was born at home via midwife. He told EW:

This isn’t [Discovery Channel's] Naked and Afraid and we’re dropping people in the woods and saying ‘go have the baby.' These are all people who have already had babies in hospitals who had unsatisfying experiences and who are choosing to have different experiences. This is something people are doing and we set out to document it.

Lifetime has ordered eight hour-long episodes of Born in the Wild.

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