The description of Paige LoPinto's private Facebook Group begins, "If April the giraffe can do it, so can I. ☺" She goes on to state that her motivation for live streaming her home birth on Facebook is her love of birth, and a desire to educate, empower, inspire and connect with other like minded women. She has achieved this goal- in the early morning hours of August 25th of this year, she gave birth to her beautiful daughter at home as hundreds of viewers from around the world looked on via her Facebook group "Paige's Home Birth". The video has since been viewed almost 17 THOUSAND times.
Since Paige's birth, she has renamed the page BirthTUBE, which now has over 8,000 members, mostly comprised of birth workers such as doulas and midwives, moms-to-be and other birth enthusiasts, and has ignited an entire live-stream birth movement of sorts. A second mom has now live streamed her birth on the page, and a third will be going live any time now- she is 41 weeks along.
While the idea of documenting and sharing birth isn't new, (remember TLC's A Baby Story?) certainly streaming birth live online in real time, while others watch and their comments pour in, is not something that has been common place in our culture. And yet, in my opinion, it's pretty darn awesome.
Paige has managed to build a community of women (and some men!) who are excited about normalizing birth for others, supporting others in their birth choices and encouraging them along the way in their journeys to meet their little ones. In a world with so many cyberbullies and depressing posts on social media, to see so much support, and so many coming together to lift one another up is just fantastic.
Though many may question her choice to birth at home, or to stream her birth for so many to see, as Paige says, "A lot of people fear it, I do not. I think it’s beautiful. I hope by sharing my story I will educate the uneducated. Empower the women who need that extra push. Motivate the ones who are unsure. Inspire the ones who need inspiring. Relate to the ones who share similar interest. The list goes on. My husband and team support my decision so that’s what matters most to me.”
Written by Angie Traska of Align Doula Services, providing intuitive, attentive doula support that aligns with you. Looking for doula support or lactation counseling in the Madison area? Contact me here.