This brand new unscripted series takes childbirth one step beyond homebirth and into the arms of Mother Nature. Born in the Wild is an original Lifetime series which follows expecting couples’ personal decisions to give birth in the wild.
In each one-hour episode, we meet an American couple who has made the powerful choice to experience childbirth in the great outdoors. Lifetime discovers the unique challenges the family faces in taking on an unassisted labour in the remote wilderness.
With over 98% of US childbirths taking place in sterile hospital rooms, this group of mothers and fathers are shunning hospitals, surgical interventions and drugs to give birth as their ancestors did, bringing new life into the world in isolated locations, while often braving dangerous conditions.
From constructing a makeshift delivery room in a treehouse in Alaska, on a property inhabited by bears and 150-miles from the nearest hospital, to battling with the extreme desert heat of Southern Arizona while contractions and labour pains intensify, Born in the Wild captures an up-close and personal look at every intense aspect of the outdoor birthing experience for the new parents-to-be.
In the first episode, Nurse Linda and partner Lance are planning the birth of their third daughter up in the mountains of Utah, overlooking the Great Salt Lake. After giving birth to her first child in hospital and the second in the couple’s suburban home, Linda now trusts her body and the natural process of childbirth. With a solid birth plan in hand, she and Lance are planning to deliver this baby in the wilderness of Utah, a decision they’ll be keeping secret from Linda’s traditional mother, who believes that Linda will be giving birth at home for the second time.
After battling against rapid winds and an earlier-than-expected labour, will Lance and Linda roll with the punches and achieve their vision, or will they be forced to change their original birthing plan?
Produced by Matador, Born in the Wild is executive produced by Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, Yoshi Stone, alongside Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Mariana Flynn from Lifetime.
Born in the Wild premieres on Lifetime® (Sky 156 / Virgin 242/ Talk Talk 490 / BT 490) from Sunday 14 June at 9pm.