‘Born in the Wild’ reality series shows women giving birth outdoors without doctor
06/05/2014 10:32 AM
Would you watch a TV show about pregnant women giving birth in the wild? Lifetime hopes you will.
The network on Wednesday announced a new reality show called “Born in the Wild” that will follow pregnant women giving birth outdoors.
No doctors around, just lots of TV cameras.
From the press release: “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?”
The idea came from a viral YouTube video posted in February that shows a woman giving birth in a creek bed. So far, the video has been watched more than 20 million times.
“This isn’t (Discovery Channel’s) Naked and Afraid and we’re dropping people in the woods and saying ‘go have the baby,’” Lifetime exec Eli Lehrer tells Entertainment Weekly.
“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.”
Though there won’t be a doctor around, the show will have trained emergency personnel on hand. And though the deliveries will be made “in the wild,” the locations will be a certain distance from a hospital in case of complications.
The network insists that it will do everything it can to make sure the moms and babies are safe. “Our presence at these births is going to make them far safer than if they were doing it on their own,” Lehrer told EW.
Lifetime has ordered eight hour-long episodes of “Born in the Wild,” one of four new shows the network announced. Some of the other ones are head-scratchers, too.
Case in point is “Girlfriend Intervention,” a makeover show where four African-American women make over a white woman.
Lifetime executive vice president and general manager, Rob Sharenow, tells The Wrap said that his network is looking for “the next generation of our viewers.”
Like all those kids born in creek beds?