Online Birth

Sharon - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Would you do it? Will you watch it?

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article....

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- MomsLikeMe.com cyber mom, Lynsee, and baby Solveig are heading home from the hospital on Monday afternoon.

Lynsee gave birth to her first child live online early Saturday morning at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

KARE 11 has been following Lynsee throughout her pregnancy and streamed the labor and delivery live on the moms social networking site Twin Cities.MomsLikeMe.com.

Thousands of viewers shared the birth of Lynsee's child in the wee hours of the morning when Lynsee and her husband Anders welcomed the infant girl into the world at 12:46 a.m. The baby Solveig weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 18 and 3/4 inches long.

As a former consumer science teacher, Lynsee decided to share the birth of her child live online as an educational tool for others and to create a lasting momento for her baby.

"I've had plenty of women say, 'You're absolutely insane. You're going to have your delivery live on a website and this is your first baby? What are you thinking?' Well, (for) me as a family consumer science teacher, I feel like I am the textbook and the people in my (online) group are the classroom," said Lynsee.

Lynsee went to her normal checkup Friday morning with her midwife Deb Stealey at Diamond Women's Center, where it was determined Lynsee had high blood pressure. She was then directed to the hospital's maternity assessment ward for a blood test and admitted to a delivery room late Friday afternoon.

Watch the birth replay on MomsLikeMe.com

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Rosie - posted on 02/18/2010

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i had enough people learning from my labor experience with 5 medical students in there, my mom, dad, best friend, 2 nurses, and the doctor. i'm sure i taught those students something interesting, and i taught my best friend that she is never going to have kids-NEVER. she never really wanted to before, but after seeing me she said it was the best birthcontrol she ever had! lol!

i'm glad somebody made a video, because i liked knowing (to an extent) what was going to happen to me in labor, but it wouldn't be for me to broadcast it all over the internet.

Michelle - posted on 02/18/2010

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I heard about this, and I read an in-depth article, and the idea came about as a way to teach the pregnant teens on the site about what they had gotten themselves into. Yes, there are tons of other videos like this, but this was done for the same reason that people join momslikeme.com anyway-- because it's more connected, you feel more as though that person is a REAL person.

I don't think she did it like a biology class video, if I remember correctly. If I'm remembering the article right, they set up a camera so it did not show anything you wouldn't show on the internet anyway, and it was more about HER and what SHE was going through, you know?

I dunno. I wouldn't do it myself, but SOMEONE'S gotta show these 16 year olds why they shouldn't be having sex, right? To each his own, I suppose.

Krista - posted on 02/17/2010

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Cripes, I thought I was weird for periodically updating my Facebook status during labour. (Not hard labour, of course...)

Esther - posted on 02/17/2010

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I'm with Mary. Not in a million years. I didn't want anyone other than my husband and the nurses/doctor in my room with me. Not even my mom. Let alone lay it all out there for the world to see. As for the educational value - there are videos out there already and every birth is different. I don't really see what her story has to add to the arsenal of text books, videos etc. already out there.

Mary - posted on 02/17/2010

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Sorry, but I think she's a freak. Birth is NOT a spectator sport...it is an incredible, magical moment that is meant to be an intimate time of bonding, sharing and joy between infant and parent(s). The only time I support live streaming of a birth is in extreme cases where that father is unable to be present, such as being deployed overseas. This past year, I have partaken in 2 Skyped births where the father was in the military, and stationed in Iraq. THAT I fully support...it was lovely that technology made it possible for these daddies to witness the birth of their child, and it was a great source of comfort for the mom as well. But as for the general public??? Not sure why that would appeal to anyone, unles they were a bit warped.

Lisa - posted on 02/16/2010

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I wouldn't do it but i commend any mom who did! I would watch it, and encourage other Mom's too if I found it informativeor interesting.

Charlie - posted on 11/09/2009

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The boys in our Biology class thought it would be hilarious to rewind , fast forward the baby in and out .
Twisted high school boys , the teacher was not amused .

Kylie - posted on 11/09/2009

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we watched a birth in human biology in year 11..it was scary and I swore from that day i would never ever be having children. I think that was my (private Christian) schools ulterior motive ..have sex and this will happen to you!
did she make any money? I wouldn't share something so personal with the rest of the world for anything less than 20 G

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