Parents' Guide to

Born in the Wild

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Terrifying birth footage marks exploitative reality series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Expanding Birth Options: Outdoor-home-birth can be safe

The show does have scary music in the background and is made for adult viewers because it does show a birth toward the end of the episode. I agree with the review that the couples do not appreciate the view depicted of their families and birth selection. The births were not nearly as dramatic as it is shown. However, it does show that woman can have as many birth options as they wish. And I hope that this show allows women more options in the future.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Reality programming about unusual births is a TV staple: See I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant and 16 and Pregnant. And, as with those shows, Born in the Wild is both sensational and scary, asking for viewers both to judge its subjects and revel in their ultimate "punishment" for making a choice outside the bounds of societal acceptance -- a birth that is painful and scary or, at least, one that's made to appear as painful and scary as possible to the viewer. If the laboring mom screams or begs for help, Born in the Wild replays it before and after at least a couple of commercials, with ominous chords in the background and a serious-voiced narrator who reminds us over and over what a risk the family is taking.

Surely the families featured don't appreciate the way they're depicted, with special attention paid to the more outrageous, polarizing aspects of their lifestyles and choices. Even those who champion hospital births may find themselves relating to the women on-screen, who are made to look both foolish and foolhardy for their birth plans. Young children should be kept as far as possible from this show, lest they be terrified of the idea of birth for good.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 3, 2015
  • Network: Lifetime
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: October 23, 2022

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