A Scientific Skeptic Watches “Born in the Wild” (Utah Episode)

Born in the Wild

“During the first half of 2015, the TV channel Lifetime ran a grandiose salute to the narcissistic practice of risking the life of your newborn child by giving birth outside in the middle of nowhere just so the parents could fulfill their own birthing experience dream. It only ran for a single season and consisted of six episodes where different kinds of anti-science mothers were followed by a camera team when they planned and executed a birth in the wilderness of snow, desert or dense forest. In many cases, medical help was a long way from them and had something happened, it could have turned dangerous very, very fast.

Each episodes starts with text on the screen sharing some facts about modern birth at hospitals and why they wanted to make the show in the first place: “Over 98% of all U. S. births take place in hospitals. Some women are choosing to have a very different experience. This shows document their journey.” Because the show is quite graphic in some places, they felt the need to give viewers a notice: “Some scenes may be too intense for some viewers.” The opening introduction has the following voice over: “Modern parents giving birth in the wilderness like their ancestors. No hospitals. No surgical intervention. No drugs. Just a choice. To return to the primal roots of humanity.”

Previous installment covered a mother giving birth in the wilderness of Alaska.

Giving birth on the mountain plains of Utah Alaska

The second episode is called “Utah: The Best Laid Plans” and the family that takes the center stage in the second episode is Linda (28) and Lance (30) King from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has two daughters already and is a trained nurse. Surprisingly, an education in medicine is not a guarantee that you take the best medical decisions.”

A Scientific Skeptic Watches “Born in the Wild” (Utah Episode)