Woman to live-stream birth of her child
A 23-year-old teacher from Minnesota is to live-stream every moment of the birth of her child. Two cameras will be at the scene. As will her husband and mother.
This is the moment when a live stream will become a love stream.
A 23-year-old teacher from Minnesota named Lynsee, who is withholding her last name to preserve her anonymity, has decided not to withhold your fascination with every moment of the birth of her first child.
She has chosen to broadcast what some would describe as the most personal moment of their lives. Yes, you can watch her first born emerge into this vibrant but confused world. Live on MomsLikeMe.com.
Some will feel this is media exposure gone beyond the bounds of filmic exposition. But Lynsee, who has already been describing her pregnancy in some considerable detail to her more than 1,300 followers on the site, is adamant that this will be an educational experience.
She told ABCNews.com: "If I were in a classroom, I'd be teaching about development. It was a way for me to teach...A way for me to use myself as a textbook."
I know that those of a more technical, or indeed, merely curious bent, will be wondering about some of the details surrounding this made-for-TV spectacular.
Well, her husband, Anders, will be with her. As will her mom. Look, please don't ask me about these conventions. But does one really need one's mom in there? Perhaps, one supposes, if she's a nice lady.
Gosh, I almost forgot the cameraman. Yes, he will be in the birthing room, as will a second camera, delicately positioned in the corner to capture alternative views.
Strangely, though, Lynsee told ABCNews.com that there will not be any "graphic" over-the-midwife's-shoulder shots. Some might feel that if the point of the video truly is education, then it should enlighten rather than conceal.
However, I am sure that this live-stream no-pay-per-view event, which ought to occur in the next few days, can serve a positive purpose.
There will be those who might wonder, after the sublime experience of participating in, whether they might be able to communicate with Lynsee while she is enjoying her starring educational role.
Well, if you register with MomsLikeMe.com, you will, oh, goody, be able to live chat with Lynsee while her baby swims down the river of life into the world.
Perhaps this streaming will be the beginning of a trend, one that might provide a new revenue stream for the many cameramen who have been idle in this vicious recession.
Perhaps there will soon be birthing cumbayas, where friends of the parents from around the world can watch, while advising and cheering on via live chat. Filmmakers might join in too: "Turn a little to the left Lynsee! Bit more! The camera loves your left profile, darling! Oops, hold on there little one! Not Yet! Just one more shot of Mom! OK, cue the baby!"
Ours, you see, is a developing civilization.