Post # 1
Do you know anyone who has done this?
Last night, I was up until 2am watching my friend give birth. At first I kinda scoffed at the idea. “How weird!” I thought. And I certainly didn’t want to watch her push. It seemed weird to have a camera in there. But now that it’s all done, I have to say it was totally amazing!
The camera was as an angle so that you couldn’t see anything graphic and everyone got to be in the room while at the same time, she was totally alone in the room with her husband. They put it on mute so we could hear them but they couldn’t hear us….and we all talked with IM amoungst ourselves and sometimes the mom and dad checked what we were saying. For the most part though we were like a “fly on the wall” watching the action and it didn’t seem to take away from their focus.
I never thought I would think this….but it really wasn’t weird. It was beautiful and amazing. She had her family watching her birth, from 3k miles away.
I felt so honored to be able to share something so special. It was amazing.
How you known anyone who has done this?
Like I said….I thought this was the craziest and weirdest thing I have ever heard of….but it acutally turned out really beautiful.
Post # 3
Wow…. that would be so amazing! How great that everyone was able to be there without being there!
We should look into this for our home birth that we’re wanting to do… that way I don’t have to worry about being distracted but at the same time letting everyone experience it!
Woohoo I got an idea. lol
Post # 4
At first, I was really scared of this post. But I think it’s a nice idea to get everyone together if they can’t physically be there.
Post # 5
I can see the appeal, but I wouldn’t do this.
Post # 6
Yeah, I just think it seems odd – and can you imagine if things had gone wrong, the terror your family would feel watching people panicking, running around, seeing a blue baby etc … and not being able to ask questions, or get a good sense of what is happening!
Post # 7
I am not so sure about this. The only reason I would do this is if for some reason my husband was in another country or something during a birth. But everyone is different….
Post # 8
i think some things should remain private/sacred. this is one of them.
Post # 9
I know someone who did it because her husband was in Iraq at the time of the birth, so they skyped in her husband.
To me, that would be the only acceptable use of skype in a birthing room.
Post # 10
For those who want to share that moment with those that are close to them, but can’t be there, I think it’s a wonderful idea. However, it’s definitley not for me, and not something I want to witness. My little sister is expecting her first child and while she is one of my best friends in the whole world, I have zero desire to be there when my nephew is born.
Post # 11
Not for me at all. I think giving birth is such a private, intimate moment for a couple only. Then share the joy afterwards. I get weirded out though by people FB births. My question is if you show it live what about the possibility of complications and something going wrong? I wouldn’t want someone to have to see that.
Post # 12
For me, I don’t even want my parents / family to know I’m in LABOR let alone having them WATCH it on skype. But it sounds like it’s a really awesome way for those that can’t physically be there to well, be there.
Post # 13
Just the idea of this makes me shudder. All I can think of is the Scrubs episode where they accidentally broadcast Carla’s birth to the entire hospital instead of just her family. I really don’t want anyone except my husband seeing me in labor, either in person or otherwise. Way too invasive.
Post # 14
I would never want to do what she did….unless my mom lived on the other side of the country (plan on having her and hubby in the room)
In terms of something going wrong…there was a little complication at the end and at that point I kinda felt like “should we really be here anymore?” I felt like I was witnessing sometihng really sensative when she was being told the baby would be taken in an hour to the nursery to be checked on.But it worked out…hubby came over….told everyone thanks for being a part of it and now they were going to have alone time with the baby and he logged everyone off. But I agree…it would not have been the same experience if something bad had happened…then it would have turned from a nice idea…into a terrible idea.
I thought she was nuts to do this at first…so I assumed by posting this I would get a lot of “oh, heck no!” replies 🙂 (I felt the SAME way) But for those who maybe had thought about it, I just wanted to say that I was surprised how neat it was.
I also just thought it was just a novel…almost strange (and new) idea….I thought it was a good topic to post about. I kept thinking last night “This is SO surreal! I can’t beleive I am watching this on my computer”
Oh…and only invited people could skype…so it wasn’t 200 fb friends….just like 3 friends a few siblings and her mom.
Post # 15
Thats cool. I get the idea. Not for me, I am so happy just my fiance was there. But neat idea nonetheless.
Post # 16
I think most of my Family will be at the Hospital with me. So, I’m not sure who I would do it for. But the idea itelf is really amazing.