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Ottawa woman to live stream baby's home birth Add to ...

An Ottawa woman may be giving new meaning to the term “overshare.”

Nancy Salgueiro plans to live stream the birth of her third child, due Oct. 7, for anyone with an Internet connection to see.

Ms. Salgueiro, a chiropractor, childbirth educator and mother of two, said she wants to broadcast the home birth to promote it as an alternative to the hospital and also to show women they have nothing to fear when giving birth.

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“It's not legs wide open and women screaming,” she told CTV.

Watching the live home birth will allow others to “see how wonderful and gentle birth can be,” according to Ms. Salgueiro’s web site.

“When we took birth out of homes and moved it into the hospital we took away the generations of information handed down from one woman to the next,” the site says.

Viewers must pre-register before gaining access to the video stream. CBC reports that 800 people have already signed up to watch.

Although her goal may be to demystify childbirth and correct some of the jarring images of delivery that are prevalent in movies and on TV, Dr. Salgueiro’s decision raises questions about how much information is too much information.

Her husband told CBC that while he is trying to support his wife, the live stream of her home birth “is a bit of a stretch.”

Yet, while broadcasting a live birth may be unusual, it has become increasingly common for pregnant women to share the intimate details of the experience. Plaster casts of pregnant stomachs, nude pregnant photo shoots with the whole family and even live-tweeting the delivery of a baby have become much more widespread.

Perhaps this trend should be looked at as a refreshing answer to just a few decades ago, when pregnancy wasn’t so much celebrated as it was considered one of life’s basic rites of passage.

But others wonder if the pregnancy share – and overshare – is really necessary.

This week, the popular Australian site EssentialBaby.com advised pregnant women to keep a lid on it, particularly in the office.

“Although this may be the most exciting thing you've done, particularly first time around, no one is really very interested in hearing details about your pregnancy, unless they ask,” Anna Musson, director of The Good Manners Company, told the website.

Is it a good idea to share pregnancy details with others, or is this going too far?

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