First-time mom plans to give birth live on the internet

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse  November 2, 2009 12:52 PM

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Lynsee, a 23-year-old teacher in Minneapolis, is expecting her first child any day now. And she's decided to share the whole experience, from the first labor pain to that final awesome push, with the internet.

Like many mommy bloggers have before, she’s been documenting every detail of her first pregnancy; unlike any of them, she’s been sharing the highs and lows with more than 900 Watch Lynsee Grow! readers at the Twin Cities’ Moms Like Me website, which will broadcast the birth from the hospital as it happens. Only Moms Like Me members will be able to leave comments during the event, though anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch the live feed.

“We wanted to document the pregnancy and create a one-of-a-kind memento for our baby to have forever,” Lynsee told the website's partner KARE-TV 11, which is also following her pregnancy (she requested that I not publish her last name, for privacy reasons). "You'll be at some of the doctor's appointments... You'll be there in the delivery room, tastefully, but you will be there.’’

Fresh off of the Balloon Boy saga, one may wonder whether Lynsee or her 24-year-old husband, Anders, is in it for fame or fortune -- or reality TV. But they're not. Though there are a few corporate sponsors on board and KARE-TV helped throw her a baby shower at the famed Mall of America, all gifts were donated to charity and Lynsee is not being compensated for her participation in the project, according to Twin Cities Moms Like Me site manager Cindy Chapman.

Moms Like Me representatives say that the goal of the project was to get more members to share and interact on the site. Many members are fans of A Baby Story on TLC, Chapman says, and she was hoping to take the concept a step further. "We have the perfect vehicle on the internet with taking the birth live -- something A Baby Story doesn’t do." She sent a private message out to the members of the Twin Cities' site, asking if there were any pregnant women who were interested in participating. Lynsee was one of about 12 who responded. “I emailed her right away and she filled me in on the project,” Lynsee told me. “I talked with my husband and we were excited about it!”

Of course, you can't log off when you're the one in labor. And you certainly can't script a birth. Viewers won’t see any graphic details -- an experienced camera crew will be at the helm, Chapman says, and a team of people will be monitoring the shoot as well as the online chat. Chapman, who will be at the hospital with Lynsee, says that there is a "massive crisis plan" in place.

In October, MomsLikeMe.com asked their members for their thoughts on the couple's decision to share their child's birth with the world. About 60 percent of moms said that they do not want anyone besides their significant other in the delivery room but, in another poll, the same percentage responded that they would be interested in watching a broadcast of a live birth. "You never know when you start projects like this, how they’re going to go,” Chapman says. "The response has been overwhelming, very supportive, very positive for Lynsee."

I’m sure that every parent reading this right now is having a mini-flashback to their first birth experience -- I know I am -- and wondering how they'd cope with having a camera crew in the room. But that’s not how Lynsee, a family and consumer science teacher, sees the project. “It’s so miraculous and special because each birth is different. If I were in a classroom, I would be teaching about childhood development, so I feel that I’m using myself as a textbook to teach others about pregnancy and delivery."

"I will also have all the support from the mom’s on the site while I’m having the baby. Just knowing they are there during labor means a lot to me," she adds. (You can read my entire interview with Lynsee here.)

As the big day approaches -- she’s due Nov. 19 -- Lynsee says she’s not having any second thoughts about broadcasting the labor and delivery live. “No – it’s the final part of the journey,” she says. “It’s the one big moment and the special part and it’s what I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone the most.”

Who was in the room when your child was born? And would you have let the internet watch?

Lylah M. Alphonse is a Globe staff member and mom and stepmom to five kids. She writes about juggling career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day and blogs at Write. Edit. Repeat. E-mail her at lalphonse@globe.com.

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  1. Ha ha. She's giving birth on the Internet but won't release her last name for privacy reasons? People are messed up.

    I do have her last name -- she was using it online earlier -- but I am honoring her request that I not use it here. -- LMA

    Posted by ro November 2, 09 01:30 PM
  1. Believe it or not, many years ago, about 35 to be exact, there was a women's talk show on tv. I forget the hostesses name, but they showed a live birth on tv. I remeber thinking that there was no way I would do that, but hey, different strokes.

    Posted by Patches02 November 2, 09 01:35 PM
  1. "she requested that I not publish her last name, for privacy reasons"
    Helllooooo???? She's giving birth ONLINE and she's concerned for her PRIVACY???? One more example of people who want their fifteen minutes of fame but without any drawbacks. Please.

    Posted by kmd123 November 2, 09 01:40 PM
  1. It's quite apparent that she is a first time mom. No woman in her right mind wants a camera crew in for the delivery of her baby. Heck, I didn't even want my mother or husband in there most of the time. I wanted to get through the pain in peace and quiet. It was too hard to concentrate on the breathing while people were laughing and joking and talking the entire time.

    I have given birth 4 times 2 natural and 2 with an epidural. I still wouldn't have wanted a film crew in there. First time mothers will learn little from her as every birth is very different. The length, the pain, the experience. This woman is completely naive.

    A baby should come into a calm atmosphere....not a 3 ring circus. Poor baby.

    .

    Posted by Michelle L November 2, 09 01:49 PM
  1. Eeeuw! Disgusting...

    Posted by annec November 2, 09 01:55 PM
  1. I feel sorry for the baby. What a way to enter the world.

    Posted by the stork November 2, 09 02:00 PM
  1. she requested that I not publish her last name, for privacy reasons"
    ???? She's giving birth ONLINE and she's concerned for her PRIVACY???hahahaha she give birth online and she don't want to tell her last name .............. sounds funny ...... :-)

    Posted by tayyabr November 2, 09 02:30 PM
  1. This lady needs to get over herself.

    Posted by Jokester November 2, 09 02:39 PM
  1. Please, don't. We're not that interested, and you're not that fascinating. Oh, and if you were so worried about your privacy, YOU WOULDN'T BE SHOWING THE INTERNET YOUR MOST PRIVATE PARTS AND PRIVATE MOMENT.

    Fool.

    Posted by Disgusted in Connecticut November 2, 09 02:44 PM
  1. who cares... its not like you cant see videos online or on nova showing this.. why bother and why publicise it..

    Posted by beenhereawhile November 2, 09 02:49 PM
  1. It's been done. No surprise. Find something else for you 15 minutes of fame.

    Posted by kittykisses November 2, 09 03:02 PM
  1. Somebody is pitching for a reality show. TLC are you reading the news?

    Posted by nzone November 2, 09 03:05 PM
  1. Totally inappropriate.

    Posted by solara November 2, 09 03:06 PM
  1. Wow, someone found something even more annoying that just hourly facebook and twitter updates about their kid.

    Posted by bw42 November 2, 09 03:08 PM
  1. The way some people are reacting here, you'd think her baby might be more special than those of her detractors? That the human body is inherently shameful and birth is a bad thing? Get over yourselves.

    As for privacy, you can't really do a succesful identity search on "pregnant woman who looks like this and lives near Minneapolis ..." but you can use a last name and harass people - as some of you would, no doubt, just to punish a woman you see as getting too much more attention than yourselves. As for "pitching for a reality show", um, did you even read the article? This is showing reality, not a reality show, and she isn't making any money off of it.

    Don't want to see it? Don't watch. There are plenty of people who do want to know how this all works - leave them to their gawking or their need for information.

    Posted by infoferret November 2, 09 03:36 PM
  1. Is this considered porn? I mean, there is going to be a naked woman spread out on a table...

    Thanks for your comment Anthony, but I'd argue that porn is sexual and giving birth,well, isn't. In the same way that breastfeeding isn't. -- LMA

    Posted by anthony November 2, 09 03:40 PM
  1. I dunno, once I got to junior high age, I would be pretty embarrassed that my mom had shown my birth video to the entire world.

    But my kids are adopted. Since I outsourced the birth thing, I just don't get why pregnancy = everyone should fall down and worship in my general direction. You're pregnant. Congrats, but really, it's not the be all and end all of human existance. There are many normal pregnant women out there, but there are a large number who need to get over themselves.

    Posted by BMS November 2, 09 03:58 PM
  1. Why do these women think that everyone wants to see them Vajayjay?? Honestly, get some modestly! How3 about making it a nice moment for you and your family and not the rest of the world.

    Posted by Jean November 2, 09 04:10 PM
  1. I had just my husband in the delivery room with me.

    However, I think that seeing an unedited birth is educated. I mean how much misinformation about labor and delivery are out there because of Hollywood? You can learn only so much from reading about it, and the "educational" videos we saw in my birthing class cut away and were highly edited. I wanted to see what it really looked like. I would have been interested in this, had I not gone through it myself a year ago. Now I'm not interested because I remember what it was like far too vividly.

    As for the whole last name thing...it's one thing to put yourself out there and to be willing to share yourself and your family...and it's another to give out your last name, which then allows anyone who wanted to enough information to find your address/phone number etc. It's not inappropriate or out of line with what she's doing;

    Posted by c November 2, 09 04:29 PM
  1. I had c sections but went through long hours of labor first. I don't know if I would want a camera crew in there because I think it would make me feel like I have to be chipper or what have you. I think it is pretty brave to face the unknown like this infront of an audience. It could help other first time moms. I don't know why there is so much outrage, it isn't a big deal. If it isn't your cup of tea, don't do it and don't watch it. *shrug*

    Posted by Michele November 2, 09 04:34 PM
  1. Ugh! What is wrong with these people? Her husband must have rocks in his head, too. Why can't we see when she had s@x- oh no, that would be pornography.

    Posted by Liz Pakula November 2, 09 05:09 PM
  1. Its actually a totally boring process and this will be a complete flop. They won't show any important things like the epidural (too risky to show on camera), actual birth (heaven forbid we actually show the baby coming out of "that place"), nor the gory afterbirth and stitch up... just 3-15 hours of someone lying in a bed grimacing in pain every so often...

    Posted by jumpingjack November 2, 09 05:29 PM
  1. Is she going to show her lobodomy next?

    Posted by sympathy November 2, 09 05:54 PM
  1. Pregnancies don't always go as planned and I wonder what will happen if there is a complication (cord around baby's neck, etc.) that requires a c-section. Much like a camera in a courthouse alters how people act, will the camera alter how the doctor and family make decisions. For example, if the mother needs to be transferred to surgery for an emergency c-section will the family resist the transfer since it may mean the camera won't be present in the room (or require delays and complications in a surgery room). The whole thing strikes me as amateurish, naive, and begging for problems.

    Posted by Fathero2 November 2, 09 06:23 PM
  1. WHAT IF SHE GOES NUMBER TWO IS THIS GOING TO BE IN HD ----- HOPEFULLY FOR HER SHE DOESNT

    Posted by SCOTT November 2, 09 06:57 PM
  1. I'd love to see a home birth.

    I've seen women give birth in hospital beds, hooked up to machines and screaming bloody murder while her infant is born into the cold reality of the hospital scene. Don't really care to see it again. I expected more from Minnesota, actually, than a new version of A Baby Story.

    How disappointing this makes the news.

    Posted by NoCIRC of MN Member November 3, 09 01:02 AM
  1. Wow nothing short of amazing dude!

    Posted by John Woods November 3, 09 08:45 AM
  1. Rubbish and Useless!!

    Posted by Jane November 3, 09 08:55 AM
  1. Not a very sacred way to birth a baby in my opinion. Homebirth is a very different paradigm and this sounds like a another scare tactic from ACOG to produce Birth Fear. It has been proven that women birth differentlly (better) around other sympathetic women's energy..what kind of energy is this going to be???

    Posted by BABE November 3, 09 09:26 AM
  1. Has no one spoken to this woman about the physiology and psychology behind childbirth? In order to labour efficiently a woman has to feel relaxed & safe, this enables her to shut out everything and enable the primative part of her brain to take over and get on with the task at hand... as a midwife I feel this is a recipe for disaster, but hope that I'm proven wrong. I'll be interested to see the birth as I hear US births are so medicalised it's unreal (continious monitoring of the FH, epidurals virtually routinely, high CS rates), in fact I'm surprised that in such a litigious society her caregivers want their every move monitored to closely. If she wants to educate people, perhaps she should have opted for a homebirth, proven to be safer in healthy normal pregancies, then she could let her country and the world see how labour & birth could and should be, a natural process, not a medically managed event.

    Posted by Adele November 3, 09 09:27 AM
  1. I agree with infoferret, Michele and c. If you don't want to watch or you don't see it worth your time, then don't watch it. Simple. I am sure you have your own "fascinating" interests (Disgusted in Connecticut) that others find just as "useless." (Jane).

    I am not a mother, but it surprises me how rude some of you are in your comments. I can appreciate the comments where some people can't imagine having their own births done online, but, like Patches02 says, "different strokes."

    MomsLikeMe.com seems like a safe forum for all types of moms and moms-to-be (FYI: I have no kids, nor am I married and I'm not a member...just from my brief time checking out their website do I gather this opinion) and so when a request went out to find a mom-to-be for this project, I imagine they felt it was going to be beneficial for their members. If you read the articles and see the history of her blogs and her doctor's visits (I've caught some of the segments on Kare11), you'd see that it is quite educational for new and veteran moms alike. I don't think anyone was trying to make a new "Baby Story" here. It's not just about the online birth...it's about the whole process. So, for those of you telling Lynsee to "get over herself" then maybe you should take your own advice.

    Finally, providing a last name would only leave a door open for some of you morons to actually contact her. Funny, I don't see any of you except John Woods using your last names here.....

    Posted by midwestgirl November 3, 09 11:31 AM
  1. My doctor, two nurses, a nursing student and my husband were with me when our daughter was born. And no, there is no way I would have had ANYONE filming the event, even if it was just for "home" viewing.

    For one thing, I hate having my picture taken or being on film as it is. I had the opportunity to appear in a documentary for the History Channel recently and opted out, so that should tell you how strongly I feel about being filmed. I can't imagine having one of the most personal, and yes, beautiful, moments of my life put out there for every troll in Internetdom to see.

    Posted by phe November 3, 09 11:44 AM
  1. I was planning a calm, midwife-assisted birth with my first child. I ended up in the hospital, with the baby in fetal distress, and had an emergency c-section. As LMA wrote in the article, "you certainly can't script a birth." What if there's a complication?

    Thanks for your comment, MamaCat. I was told that they have a plan in place in case there's a complication, and that it's not just a webcam set up in the room somewhere. -- LMA

    Posted by MamaCat November 3, 09 12:02 PM
  1. Just a reminder to keep things civil here, please. Any comments containing expletives, personal attacks, or racial/ethnic/religious/otherwise hateful slurs will be edited or, in some cases, deleted. -- LMA

    Posted by LMA November 3, 09 12:09 PM
  1. How on earth can there be anything new to say or show about pregnancies, babies, and births? Our culture has been obsessed with it for a good ten years. I knew it had gone too far when my husband's coworkers (two men) sat around one day calculating when one guy's wife would return to her pre-baby weight based on how many calories a day she would lose in the breast milk.

    If it's all so natural, let's stop making such a big production out of it.

    Posted by di November 3, 09 12:44 PM
  1. Di--if it's so natural, what's so wrong with picturing it?

    I found the birthing videos, of actual babies coming out of the birth canal, at my birthing classes invaluable. Kudos to the women who allowed themselves to be filmed.

    Posted by mp November 3, 09 01:52 PM
  1. Are Screech, the octo-puss, any Kardashian and Kirstie Allie going to be in the delivery room too?

    Posted by Monique VanDeSoaker November 3, 09 03:33 PM
  1. how pathetic is this? She wants her "privacy" but has the nerve to do this? You are the stupid ones htat write about it and watch it.
    Vhild birth - a new reality show I am sure..Jon and Kate I assume?????

    Posted by kate hater November 3, 09 03:34 PM
  1. This is truly wonderful! I can't wait to see the mashed-up birth videos and stills that will inevitably make the rounds of somethingawful, fark, 4chan, and other less wholesome sites. Lynsee will doubtless be served generous helpings of the ridicule, derision, and scorn she so richly deserves -- and just in time for Thanksgiving! Better still, these images and commentary will linger forever in the collective online memory of the Internet, so her children will grow up having to answer to their peers for her lack of decorum. This will be especially trenchant as her children come of age in a declining former superpower-turned-nanny-state (i.e. the USA). Posterity will remember Lynsee for shamelessly and unreflectively celebrating the so-called miracle of reproduction in an age where the carbon footprint of raising a child is increasing even faster than overpopulation. Go Lynsee! I so totally can't wait to see you get your 15 minutes of fame followed by an eternity of infamy.

    Posted by SaveThePlanet-AbortYourself November 3, 09 04:09 PM
  1. I think this is an amazing and wonderful thing for Lynsee to do. She obviously isn't doing it for publicity or money. She isn't getting paid for this and has donated everything she was given. What aren't you people getting about the article?

    I think this will be an AWESOME gift to give a grown child or to leave to a child in your will. Being able to read and see your parents thoughts while you were growing inside them. Just wonderful.

    Posted by wellwisher November 3, 09 04:24 PM
  1. I think this is great. Good for you for Lynsee! And congratulations!

    Posted by Jacqueline November 3, 09 04:33 PM
  1. OUCH! Read before you respond people! Lynsee is NOT in this for money or fame. The cameraman will shoot discreetly, the midwife, her husband and her mother will be there to support her. This is no different than the shows people choose to watch on TLC and Discovery Health. I understand having your opinion, you are entitled - but please make it an informed opinion before you start judging Lynsee. AND yes I am Lynsee's mom and proud if it!

    Posted by Julie November 3, 09 06:53 PM
  1. Gross

    Posted by cyberjoe November 3, 09 06:59 PM
  1. I read the forum, and I think it is very interesting & educational to follow someone as the baby & belly grows! :)

    As far as not giving out her last name- that is completely understandable & I wouldn't give out my last name either. There are all kinds of idiots out there who would go out of their way to find her, call her, write her letters of how they don't like what she is doing and she doesn't need that.
    Congrats Lynsee!! :)

    Posted by Jessica November 3, 09 07:22 PM
  1. This is just silly, thousands of women give birth everyday. I'm not sure why this lady thinks her pregnancy & giving birth is more extraordinary or interesting then the next. She appears to me to pretty self absorbed.Hopefully that will change when she has a crying infant in her arms at 3am, a cranky teething 6 month old, and a toddler w/ separation anxiety at daycare. Parenthood has a way of making us see beyond ourselves, hopefully by the time Lynsee's well documented labor and delivery is over she will have gotten over her self obsession.

    Posted by Ida Seaver November 3, 09 08:58 PM
  1. I missed seeing my daughter coming into the world, due to no pain meds, and so I opted to have my second birth taped. My husband set up the video camera at such an angle that it didn't "show" anything too personal other than a mound of pubic hair (ooh...we all have it don't we, unless of course you shaved it). The tape showed the baby's head coming out and being born all the way. I showed the tape to both of my kids and the only part that they hated were the screams that I made because of the pain.

    Grow up people...it can be done tastefully. If I were PG at the time and I was asked, I would of said yes also.

    Lynsee...I pray that you ignore these people who have nothing positive to say in life. I will be praying for a safe and quick delivery for you. Congrats!

    Posted by Karen November 3, 09 10:23 PM
  1. I belong to this site and I think what Lynsee has done is brave and generous. Allowing the public into such a personal experience as pregnancy and bringing a child into the world takes a measure of bravery. Just look at all of the barely literate jerks that commented here, putting up with that can't be easy. I am laughing a bit that some of the mean spirited people here took the time to write something nasty when supposedly there's nothing at all interesting about this. If you have the time to read and discuss something that has no interest to you I think that makes you kind of lucky and plenty stupid. Good for Lynsee for inviting our community to share in this with her, she has many more supporters than detractors.

    Posted by laynasmama November 3, 09 10:41 PM
  1. I have a feeling that the majority of the comments here didn't even read the article but just posted a comment on the title!

    Kudos to you Lynsee's mom, you raised an amazing daughter!

    Personally I agree with Wellwisher!!! What an amazing gift to give your child! Good Luck Lynsee!!!!!!

    Posted by Grace November 3, 09 11:11 PM
  1. I am an expecting mother from the Twin Cities MLM, and Lynsee sharing her journey has helped me a lot though my pregnancy. I am due on the 17th, and by being able to follow her pregnancy, it has helped me with my concerns about my pregnancy. Since our due dates are so close together, we have been able to talk about what we are going though together and it has been absolutely wonderful!

    The delivery footage will be recorded in a tasteful manner, so she will not be showing of her "vajayjay" as some of you call it.

    Lynsee is not the type of person to look for 15 minutes of fame, she wanted to do this as a way to help others, like the way she has helped me, and because she thought it would be a great educational tool.

    Most of all, I think this is a WONDERFUL gift for Lynsee's daughter, she will be able to look back on what her mother experienced, every little craving, pain and exciting moment, week by week.

    Posted by AMW November 4, 09 12:46 AM
  1. I love that she is doing this! Lynsee is a very brave woman for putting up with all the crap that you people commenting here are giving her. If you are not interested than you do not need to watch! Also most of you did not read or must have skipped the part where the very experienced camera crew will be filming very discretely! There will be no veiwing of Lynsee's private parts for the world to see. Lynsee does not think that her child is more important than any other. She is a teacher and is doing this all to teach others that are going through the same thing what to expect and/or think about. She is doing a great job! She also has a great network of other moms on MomsLikeMe.com who are helping her, answering questions she may have, or even coping with the negativity from people judging all this before knowing all the facts. As for not giving out her last name is very understandable after all the negative comments that have already been expressed on here. Would you want me calling you to voice my opinions to you in the middle of the night? I am happy to support Lynsee and Anders and their new little one. And for all of you that think she needs to get over yourself... time to take your own advise!

    Posted by Kitty November 4, 09 01:35 AM
  1. I went to Lynsee's site from this article, and read some of what she's shared. I think she's very brave. And I think she doesn't know what she's in for. Maybe some of her readers had mild cramps as their only big contractions, but that was NOT my experience! I don't think I would have chosen to do this, but my hat is off to her for wanting to help other first time moms to be.

    Posted by Maya November 4, 09 07:28 AM
  1. And this nitwit is teaching our kids? If they need to see examples of narcissistic publicity hounds, they just need to turn on the TV and watch reality shows. So glad to see our tax dollars being spent to share the wisdom of this immature, self absorbed fool.

    Posted by T November 4, 09 08:33 AM
  1. Lynsee is a wonderful, caring, smart woman. And those of you that seem to believe that she is doing something wrong. Shame on you!

    She is sharing this experience for free... no compensation at all... in fact she helped the family shelter with thousands of gifts generated from her baby shower.... not the kind of woman that kept it all for herself.

    As for her not using her last name... I didn't see alot of last names listed on your comments either....I wonder if it would have even been an issue had it not been brought up at all and just used her first name with no comment on usage of last...

    I want to thank Lynsee for being such a great person, it's very brave what she is doing... there was no way that I would have been able to do it, either time I was pregnant.

    KUDOS Lynsee!

    Thanks for your comment, Vic! Good point about the last name issue; unfortunately, if I don't use a person's full name, I have to explain why somewhere in the piece -- Globe policy. -- LMA

    Posted by Vic November 4, 09 09:58 AM
  1. I am a brand new Twin Cities mom and I completely disagree with what Lynsee is doing. I have followed Lynsee's blog and I believe she is very naive. As just having gone through childbirth myself, I find it very selfish to invite the entire internet world into such a personal, private and special moment between her, her husband and soon to be daughter. Once it is out there, they will not be able to have the private moment back.

    Also, she says she is doing this for "educational" purposes??? Come on people, read a book or better yet...speak with your own doctor! Each pregnancy is so unique and different for each woman, one thing my doctor stressed to me is to NOT compare and judge myself against others.

    None of us will ever know what Lynsee's motive is, but I know I will not be watching the birth on the internet. I think the responses to this article are great. If you look at the MLM website they are all the same...it's nice to see others voice concerns about what is happening here.

    Posted by newmplsmom November 4, 09 01:21 PM
  1. hmm can i see that video ?

    Posted by unknown November 4, 09 07:53 PM
  1. Gross, who wants to see that? Keep your birthing to yourself.

    Posted by Catherine November 4, 09 10:38 PM
  1. Does this woman really think anyone wants to see a baby shove it's way out of her vag? And does she really think that when her baby is older it's going to want anything to do with all the videos and stuff they've been making? The girl will run screaming from the home never to be seen again if they torture her with images like that.

    Woman the story is about, please get a clue and don't waste your time. Nobody wants to see your vajayjay get ripped apart, and neither will your child when it's older.

    Posted by Misty November 5, 09 10:03 AM
  1. Disgusting! In high school, I saw a video of a live birth, complete with the woman defecating while pushing out the baby. And now she's going to do it online?? A publicity hound, if you ask me.

    Only a pro-natalist, messed up society would allow this. There are some things that should be kept PRIVATE, and this is one of them. This should be for family only, and ONLY if the woman wants her family in there. To allow anybody to login and watch is pure voyeurism, plain and simple. This woman, and anybody who watches, should be ashamed of themselves.

    This is one woman who will most surely NOT be watching!

    Posted by Peace November 5, 09 11:23 AM
  1. As someone who is pregnant (a week behind Lynsee), I have been following her blog for a few weeks now. It has been incredibly helpful & fun to listen to her progression and compare it to my own and share stories. You people who are making these incredibly rude comments obviously do not understand, nor care to. But to her real followers (most of us first-time mothers), we all appreciate what she's doing.

    Posted by minnesota mom November 5, 09 03:06 PM
  1. Good for her for wanting to do that for her child, as well as educational reasons. Personally, I wouldn't choose a 'live webcam' birth, but if that is what she wants to do, she should go for it. Perhaps she wants this moment with more than just her family. I have seen a live-birth video before, and it actually gave insight into the expirience. I found it was very educational.
    For the people that find this offensive, hey, just don't watch the video :-D It's okay not to like it or not want to see it. The crew is supposed to avoid filming private areas too, which I believe is a great decision on Lynsees part. Also, no one is being forced to watch it. I have no desire to watch it either, but I don't mind if its up.

    Congrats to Lynsee, I hope your baby is born healthy and happy!

    Posted by Happy November 6, 09 03:18 AM
  1. Live Birth.
    Death of common sense.
    Total grandstanding.
    The epitome of selfishness.
    The doctor should administer a slap to her as well.
    Poor child.

    Posted by Sarah Miller November 15, 09 01:11 AM
  1. we want to see the live video on humanbaby delivery

    Posted by Ranjit123 January 26, 10 02:39 AM
  1. I think its great that your having a home birth, maybe if people saw you give birth at home , more people would do it . Its a wonderful experience.

    Posted by kelly August 16, 10 06:05 PM
 
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  1. Ha ha. She's giving birth on the Internet but won't release her last name for privacy reasons? People are messed up.

    I do have her last name -- she was using it online earlier -- but I am honoring her request that I not use it here. -- LMA

    Posted by ro November 2, 09 01:30 PM
  1. Believe it or not, many years ago, about 35 to be exact, there was a women's talk show on tv. I forget the hostesses name, but they showed a live birth on tv. I remeber thinking that there was no way I would do that, but hey, different strokes.

    Posted by Patches02 November 2, 09 01:35 PM
  1. "she requested that I not publish her last name, for privacy reasons"
    Helllooooo???? She's giving birth ONLINE and she's concerned for her PRIVACY???? One more example of people who want their fifteen minutes of fame but without any drawbacks. Please.

    Posted by kmd123 November 2, 09 01:40 PM
  1. It's quite apparent that she is a first time mom. No woman in her right mind wants a camera crew in for the delivery of her baby. Heck, I didn't even want my mother or husband in there most of the time. I wanted to get through the pain in peace and quiet. It was too hard to concentrate on the breathing while people were laughing and joking and talking the entire time.

    I have given birth 4 times 2 natural and 2 with an epidural. I still wouldn't have wanted a film crew in there. First time mothers will learn little from her as every birth is very different. The length, the pain, the experience. This woman is completely naive.

    A baby should come into a calm atmosphere....not a 3 ring circus. Poor baby.

    .

    Posted by Michelle L November 2, 09 01:49 PM
  1. Eeeuw! Disgusting...

    Posted by annec November 2, 09 01:55 PM
  1. I feel sorry for the baby. What a way to enter the world.

    Posted by the stork November 2, 09 02:00 PM
  1. she requested that I not publish her last name, for privacy reasons"
    ???? She's giving birth ONLINE and she's concerned for her PRIVACY???hahahaha she give birth online and she don't want to tell her last name .............. sounds funny ...... :-)

    Posted by tayyabr November 2, 09 02:30 PM
  1. This lady needs to get over herself.

    Posted by Jokester November 2, 09 02:39 PM
  1. Please, don't. We're not that interested, and you're not that fascinating. Oh, and if you were so worried about your privacy, YOU WOULDN'T BE SHOWING THE INTERNET YOUR MOST PRIVATE PARTS AND PRIVATE MOMENT.

    Fool.

    Posted by Disgusted in Connecticut November 2, 09 02:44 PM
  1. who cares... its not like you cant see videos online or on nova showing this.. why bother and why publicise it..

    Posted by beenhereawhile November 2, 09 02:49 PM
  1. It's been done. No surprise. Find something else for you 15 minutes of fame.

    Posted by kittykisses November 2, 09 03:02 PM
  1. Somebody is pitching for a reality show. TLC are you reading the news?

    Posted by nzone November 2, 09 03:05 PM
  1. Totally inappropriate.

    Posted by solara November 2, 09 03:06 PM
  1. Wow, someone found something even more annoying that just hourly facebook and twitter updates about their kid.

    Posted by bw42 November 2, 09 03:08 PM
  1. The way some people are reacting here, you'd think her baby might be more special than those of her detractors? That the human body is inherently shameful and birth is a bad thing? Get over yourselves.

    As for privacy, you can't really do a succesful identity search on "pregnant woman who looks like this and lives near Minneapolis ..." but you can use a last name and harass people - as some of you would, no doubt, just to punish a woman you see as getting too much more attention than yourselves. As for "pitching for a reality show", um, did you even read the article? This is showing reality, not a reality show, and she isn't making any money off of it.

    Don't want to see it? Don't watch. There are plenty of people who do want to know how this all works - leave them to their gawking or their need for information.

    Posted by infoferret November 2, 09 03:36 PM
  1. Is this considered porn? I mean, there is going to be a naked woman spread out on a table...

    Thanks for your comment Anthony, but I'd argue that porn is sexual and giving birth,well, isn't. In the same way that breastfeeding isn't. -- LMA

    Posted by anthony November 2, 09 03:40 PM
  1. I dunno, once I got to junior high age, I would be pretty embarrassed that my mom had shown my birth video to the entire world.

    But my kids are adopted. Since I outsourced the birth thing, I just don't get why pregnancy = everyone should fall down and worship in my general direction. You're pregnant. Congrats, but really, it's not the be all and end all of human existance. There are many normal pregnant women out there, but there are a large number who need to get over themselves.

    Posted by BMS November 2, 09 03:58 PM
  1. Why do these women think that everyone wants to see them Vajayjay?? Honestly, get some modestly! How3 about making it a nice moment for you and your family and not the rest of the world.

    Posted by Jean November 2, 09 04:10 PM
  1. I had just my husband in the delivery room with me.

    However, I think that seeing an unedited birth is educated. I mean how much misinformation about labor and delivery are out there because of Hollywood? You can learn only so much from reading about it, and the "educational" videos we saw in my birthing class cut away and were highly edited. I wanted to see what it really looked like. I would have been interested in this, had I not gone through it myself a year ago. Now I'm not interested because I remember what it was like far too vividly.

    As for the whole last name thing...it's one thing to put yourself out there and to be willing to share yourself and your family...and it's another to give out your last name, which then allows anyone who wanted to enough information to find your address/phone number etc. It's not inappropriate or out of line with what she's doing;

    Posted by c November 2, 09 04:29 PM
  1. I had c sections but went through long hours of labor first. I don't know if I would want a camera crew in there because I think it would make me feel like I have to be chipper or what have you. I think it is pretty brave to face the unknown like this infront of an audience. It could help other first time moms. I don't know why there is so much outrage, it isn't a big deal. If it isn't your cup of tea, don't do it and don't watch it. *shrug*

    Posted by Michele November 2, 09 04:34 PM
  1. Ugh! What is wrong with these people? Her husband must have rocks in his head, too. Why can't we see when she had s@x- oh no, that would be pornography.

    Posted by Liz Pakula November 2, 09 05:09 PM
  1. Its actually a totally boring process and this will be a complete flop. They won't show any important things like the epidural (too risky to show on camera), actual birth (heaven forbid we actually show the baby coming out of "that place"), nor the gory afterbirth and stitch up... just 3-15 hours of someone lying in a bed grimacing in pain every so often...

    Posted by jumpingjack November 2, 09 05:29 PM
  1. Is she going to show her lobodomy next?

    Posted by sympathy November 2, 09 05:54 PM
  1. Pregnancies don't always go as planned and I wonder what will happen if there is a complication (cord around baby's neck, etc.) that requires a c-section. Much like a camera in a courthouse alters how people act, will the camera alter how the doctor and family make decisions. For example, if the mother needs to be transferred to surgery for an emergency c-section will the family resist the transfer since it may mean the camera won't be present in the room (or require delays and complications in a surgery room). The whole thing strikes me as amateurish, naive, and begging for problems.

    Posted by Fathero2 November 2, 09 06:23 PM
  1. WHAT IF SHE GOES NUMBER TWO IS THIS GOING TO BE IN HD ----- HOPEFULLY FOR HER SHE DOESNT

    Posted by SCOTT November 2, 09 06:57 PM
  1. I'd love to see a home birth.

    I've seen women give birth in hospital beds, hooked up to machines and screaming bloody murder while her infant is born into the cold reality of the hospital scene. Don't really care to see it again. I expected more from Minnesota, actually, than a new version of A Baby Story.

    How disappointing this makes the news.

    Posted by NoCIRC of MN Member November 3, 09 01:02 AM
  1. Wow nothing short of amazing dude!

    Posted by John Woods November 3, 09 08:45 AM
  1. Rubbish and Useless!!

    Posted by Jane November 3, 09 08:55 AM
  1. Not a very sacred way to birth a baby in my opinion. Homebirth is a very different paradigm and this sounds like a another scare tactic from ACOG to produce Birth Fear. It has been proven that women birth differentlly (better) around other sympathetic women's energy..what kind of energy is this going to be???

    Posted by BABE November 3, 09 09:26 AM
  1. Has no one spoken to this woman about the physiology and psychology behind childbirth? In order to labour efficiently a woman has to feel relaxed & safe, this enables her to shut out everything and enable the primative part of her brain to take over and get on with the task at hand... as a midwife I feel this is a recipe for disaster, but hope that I'm proven wrong. I'll be interested to see the birth as I hear US births are so medicalised it's unreal (continious monitoring of the FH, epidurals virtually routinely, high CS rates), in fact I'm surprised that in such a litigious society her caregivers want their every move monitored to closely. If she wants to educate people, perhaps she should have opted for a homebirth, proven to be safer in healthy normal pregancies, then she could let her country and the world see how labour & birth could and should be, a natural process, not a medically managed event.

    Posted by Adele November 3, 09 09:27 AM
  1. I agree with infoferret, Michele and c. If you don't want to watch or you don't see it worth your time, then don't watch it. Simple. I am sure you have your own "fascinating" interests (Disgusted in Connecticut) that others find just as "useless." (Jane).

    I am not a mother, but it surprises me how rude some of you are in your comments. I can appreciate the comments where some people can't imagine having their own births done online, but, like Patches02 says, "different strokes."

    MomsLikeMe.com seems like a safe forum for all types of moms and moms-to-be (FYI: I have no kids, nor am I married and I'm not a member...just from my brief time checking out their website do I gather this opinion) and so when a request went out to find a mom-to-be for this project, I imagine they felt it was going to be beneficial for their members. If you read the articles and see the history of her blogs and her doctor's visits (I've caught some of the segments on Kare11), you'd see that it is quite educational for new and veteran moms alike. I don't think anyone was trying to make a new "Baby Story" here. It's not just about the online birth...it's about the whole process. So, for those of you telling Lynsee to "get over herself" then maybe you should take your own advice.

    Finally, providing a last name would only leave a door open for some of you morons to actually contact her. Funny, I don't see any of you except John Woods using your last names here.....

    Posted by midwestgirl November 3, 09 11:31 AM
  1. My doctor, two nurses, a nursing student and my husband were with me when our daughter was born. And no, there is no way I would have had ANYONE filming the event, even if it was just for "home" viewing.

    For one thing, I hate having my picture taken or being on film as it is. I had the opportunity to appear in a documentary for the History Channel recently and opted out, so that should tell you how strongly I feel about being filmed. I can't imagine having one of the most personal, and yes, beautiful, moments of my life put out there for every troll in Internetdom to see.

    Posted by phe November 3, 09 11:44 AM
  1. I was planning a calm, midwife-assisted birth with my first child. I ended up in the hospital, with the baby in fetal distress, and had an emergency c-section. As LMA wrote in the article, "you certainly can't script a birth." What if there's a complication?

    Thanks for your comment, MamaCat. I was told that they have a plan in place in case there's a complication, and that it's not just a webcam set up in the room somewhere. -- LMA

    Posted by MamaCat November 3, 09 12:02 PM
  1. Just a reminder to keep things civil here, please. Any comments containing expletives, personal attacks, or racial/ethnic/religious/otherwise hateful slurs will be edited or, in some cases, deleted. -- LMA

    Posted by LMA November 3, 09 12:09 PM
  1. How on earth can there be anything new to say or show about pregnancies, babies, and births? Our culture has been obsessed with it for a good ten years. I knew it had gone too far when my husband's coworkers (two men) sat around one day calculating when one guy's wife would return to her pre-baby weight based on how many calories a day she would lose in the breast milk.

    If it's all so natural, let's stop making such a big production out of it.

    Posted by di November 3, 09 12:44 PM
  1. Di--if it's so natural, what's so wrong with picturing it?

    I found the birthing videos, of actual babies coming out of the birth canal, at my birthing classes invaluable. Kudos to the women who allowed themselves to be filmed.

    Posted by mp November 3, 09 01:52 PM
  1. Are Screech, the octo-puss, any Kardashian and Kirstie Allie going to be in the delivery room too?

    Posted by Monique VanDeSoaker November 3, 09 03:33 PM
  1. how pathetic is this? She wants her "privacy" but has the nerve to do this? You are the stupid ones htat write about it and watch it.
    Vhild birth - a new reality show I am sure..Jon and Kate I assume?????

    Posted by kate hater November 3, 09 03:34 PM
  1. This is truly wonderful! I can't wait to see the mashed-up birth videos and stills that will inevitably make the rounds of somethingawful, fark, 4chan, and other less wholesome sites. Lynsee will doubtless be served generous helpings of the ridicule, derision, and scorn she so richly deserves -- and just in time for Thanksgiving! Better still, these images and commentary will linger forever in the collective online memory of the Internet, so her children will grow up having to answer to their peers for her lack of decorum. This will be especially trenchant as her children come of age in a declining former superpower-turned-nanny-state (i.e. the USA). Posterity will remember Lynsee for shamelessly and unreflectively celebrating the so-called miracle of reproduction in an age where the carbon footprint of raising a child is increasing even faster than overpopulation. Go Lynsee! I so totally can't wait to see you get your 15 minutes of fame followed by an eternity of infamy.

    Posted by SaveThePlanet-AbortYourself November 3, 09 04:09 PM
  1. I think this is an amazing and wonderful thing for Lynsee to do. She obviously isn't doing it for publicity or money. She isn't getting paid for this and has donated everything she was given. What aren't you people getting about the article?

    I think this will be an AWESOME gift to give a grown child or to leave to a child in your will. Being able to read and see your parents thoughts while you were growing inside them. Just wonderful.

    Posted by wellwisher November 3, 09 04:24 PM
  1. I think this is great. Good for you for Lynsee! And congratulations!

    Posted by Jacqueline November 3, 09 04:33 PM
  1. OUCH! Read before you respond people! Lynsee is NOT in this for money or fame. The cameraman will shoot discreetly, the midwife, her husband and her mother will be there to support her. This is no different than the shows people choose to watch on TLC and Discovery Health. I understand having your opinion, you are entitled - but please make it an informed opinion before you start judging Lynsee. AND yes I am Lynsee's mom and proud if it!

    Posted by Julie November 3, 09 06:53 PM
  1. Gross

    Posted by cyberjoe November 3, 09 06:59 PM
  1. I read the forum, and I think it is very interesting & educational to follow someone as the baby & belly grows! :)

    As far as not giving out her last name- that is completely understandable & I wouldn't give out my last name either. There are all kinds of idiots out there who would go out of their way to find her, call her, write her letters of how they don't like what she is doing and she doesn't need that.
    Congrats Lynsee!! :)

    Posted by Jessica November 3, 09 07:22 PM
  1. This is just silly, thousands of women give birth everyday. I'm not sure why this lady thinks her pregnancy & giving birth is more extraordinary or interesting then the next. She appears to me to pretty self absorbed.Hopefully that will change when she has a crying infant in her arms at 3am, a cranky teething 6 month old, and a toddler w/ separation anxiety at daycare. Parenthood has a way of making us see beyond ourselves, hopefully by the time Lynsee's well documented labor and delivery is over she will have gotten over her self obsession.

    Posted by Ida Seaver November 3, 09 08:58 PM
  1. I missed seeing my daughter coming into the world, due to no pain meds, and so I opted to have my second birth taped. My husband set up the video camera at such an angle that it didn't "show" anything too personal other than a mound of pubic hair (ooh...we all have it don't we, unless of course you shaved it). The tape showed the baby's head coming out and being born all the way. I showed the tape to both of my kids and the only part that they hated were the screams that I made because of the pain.

    Grow up people...it can be done tastefully. If I were PG at the time and I was asked, I would of said yes also.

    Lynsee...I pray that you ignore these people who have nothing positive to say in life. I will be praying for a safe and quick delivery for you. Congrats!

    Posted by Karen November 3, 09 10:23 PM
  1. I belong to this site and I think what Lynsee has done is brave and generous. Allowing the public into such a personal experience as pregnancy and bringing a child into the world takes a measure of bravery. Just look at all of the barely literate jerks that commented here, putting up with that can't be easy. I am laughing a bit that some of the mean spirited people here took the time to write something nasty when supposedly there's nothing at all interesting about this. If you have the time to read and discuss something that has no interest to you I think that makes you kind of lucky and plenty stupid. Good for Lynsee for inviting our community to share in this with her, she has many more supporters than detractors.

    Posted by laynasmama November 3, 09 10:41 PM
  1. I have a feeling that the majority of the comments here didn't even read the article but just posted a comment on the title!

    Kudos to you Lynsee's mom, you raised an amazing daughter!

    Personally I agree with Wellwisher!!! What an amazing gift to give your child! Good Luck Lynsee!!!!!!

    Posted by Grace November 3, 09 11:11 PM
  1. I am an expecting mother from the Twin Cities MLM, and Lynsee sharing her journey has helped me a lot though my pregnancy. I am due on the 17th, and by being able to follow her pregnancy, it has helped me with my concerns about my pregnancy. Since our due dates are so close together, we have been able to talk about what we are going though together and it has been absolutely wonderful!

    The delivery footage will be recorded in a tasteful manner, so she will not be showing of her "vajayjay" as some of you call it.

    Lynsee is not the type of person to look for 15 minutes of fame, she wanted to do this as a way to help others, like the way she has helped me, and because she thought it would be a great educational tool.

    Most of all, I think this is a WONDERFUL gift for Lynsee's daughter, she will be able to look back on what her mother experienced, every little craving, pain and exciting moment, week by week.

    Posted by AMW November 4, 09 12:46 AM
  1. I love that she is doing this! Lynsee is a very brave woman for putting up with all the crap that you people commenting here are giving her. If you are not interested than you do not need to watch! Also most of you did not read or must have skipped the part where the very experienced camera crew will be filming very discretely! There will be no veiwing of Lynsee's private parts for the world to see. Lynsee does not think that her child is more important than any other. She is a teacher and is doing this all to teach others that are going through the same thing what to expect and/or think about. She is doing a great job! She also has a great network of other moms on MomsLikeMe.com who are helping her, answering questions she may have, or even coping with the negativity from people judging all this before knowing all the facts. As for not giving out her last name is very understandable after all the negative comments that have already been expressed on here. Would you want me calling you to voice my opinions to you in the middle of the night? I am happy to support Lynsee and Anders and their new little one. And for all of you that think she needs to get over yourself... time to take your own advise!

    Posted by Kitty November 4, 09 01:35 AM
  1. I went to Lynsee's site from this article, and read some of what she's shared. I think she's very brave. And I think she doesn't know what she's in for. Maybe some of her readers had mild cramps as their only big contractions, but that was NOT my experience! I don't think I would have chosen to do this, but my hat is off to her for wanting to help other first time moms to be.

    Posted by Maya November 4, 09 07:28 AM
  1. And this nitwit is teaching our kids? If they need to see examples of narcissistic publicity hounds, they just need to turn on the TV and watch reality shows. So glad to see our tax dollars being spent to share the wisdom of this immature, self absorbed fool.

    Posted by T November 4, 09 08:33 AM
  1. Lynsee is a wonderful, caring, smart woman. And those of you that seem to believe that she is doing something wrong. Shame on you!

    She is sharing this experience for free... no compensation at all... in fact she helped the family shelter with thousands of gifts generated from her baby shower.... not the kind of woman that kept it all for herself.

    As for her not using her last name... I didn't see alot of last names listed on your comments either....I wonder if it would have even been an issue had it not been brought up at all and just used her first name with no comment on usage of last...

    I want to thank Lynsee for being such a great person, it's very brave what she is doing... there was no way that I would have been able to do it, either time I was pregnant.

    KUDOS Lynsee!

    Thanks for your comment, Vic! Good point about the last name issue; unfortunately, if I don't use a person's full name, I have to explain why somewhere in the piece -- Globe policy. -- LMA

    Posted by Vic November 4, 09 09:58 AM
  1. I am a brand new Twin Cities mom and I completely disagree with what Lynsee is doing. I have followed Lynsee's blog and I believe she is very naive. As just having gone through childbirth myself, I find it very selfish to invite the entire internet world into such a personal, private and special moment between her, her husband and soon to be daughter. Once it is out there, they will not be able to have the private moment back.

    Also, she says she is doing this for "educational" purposes??? Come on people, read a book or better yet...speak with your own doctor! Each pregnancy is so unique and different for each woman, one thing my doctor stressed to me is to NOT compare and judge myself against others.

    None of us will ever know what Lynsee's motive is, but I know I will not be watching the birth on the internet. I think the responses to this article are great. If you look at the MLM website they are all the same...it's nice to see others voice concerns about what is happening here.

    Posted by newmplsmom November 4, 09 01:21 PM
  1. hmm can i see that video ?

    Posted by unknown November 4, 09 07:53 PM
  1. Gross, who wants to see that? Keep your birthing to yourself.

    Posted by Catherine November 4, 09 10:38 PM
  1. Does this woman really think anyone wants to see a baby shove it's way out of her vag? And does she really think that when her baby is older it's going to want anything to do with all the videos and stuff they've been making? The girl will run screaming from the home never to be seen again if they torture her with images like that.

    Woman the story is about, please get a clue and don't waste your time. Nobody wants to see your vajayjay get ripped apart, and neither will your child when it's older.

    Posted by Misty November 5, 09 10:03 AM
  1. Disgusting! In high school, I saw a video of a live birth, complete with the woman defecating while pushing out the baby. And now she's going to do it online?? A publicity hound, if you ask me.

    Only a pro-natalist, messed up society would allow this. There are some things that should be kept PRIVATE, and this is one of them. This should be for family only, and ONLY if the woman wants her family in there. To allow anybody to login and watch is pure voyeurism, plain and simple. This woman, and anybody who watches, should be ashamed of themselves.

    This is one woman who will most surely NOT be watching!

    Posted by Peace November 5, 09 11:23 AM
  1. As someone who is pregnant (a week behind Lynsee), I have been following her blog for a few weeks now. It has been incredibly helpful & fun to listen to her progression and compare it to my own and share stories. You people who are making these incredibly rude comments obviously do not understand, nor care to. But to her real followers (most of us first-time mothers), we all appreciate what she's doing.

    Posted by minnesota mom November 5, 09 03:06 PM
  1. Good for her for wanting to do that for her child, as well as educational reasons. Personally, I wouldn't choose a 'live webcam' birth, but if that is what she wants to do, she should go for it. Perhaps she wants this moment with more than just her family. I have seen a live-birth video before, and it actually gave insight into the expirience. I found it was very educational.
    For the people that find this offensive, hey, just don't watch the video :-D It's okay not to like it or not want to see it. The crew is supposed to avoid filming private areas too, which I believe is a great decision on Lynsees part. Also, no one is being forced to watch it. I have no desire to watch it either, but I don't mind if its up.

    Congrats to Lynsee, I hope your baby is born healthy and happy!

    Posted by Happy November 6, 09 03:18 AM
  1. Live Birth.
    Death of common sense.
    Total grandstanding.
    The epitome of selfishness.
    The doctor should administer a slap to her as well.
    Poor child.

    Posted by Sarah Miller November 15, 09 01:11 AM
  1. we want to see the live video on humanbaby delivery

    Posted by Ranjit123 January 26, 10 02:39 AM
  1. I think its great that your having a home birth, maybe if people saw you give birth at home , more people would do it . Its a wonderful experience.

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