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Pregnant artist plans to give birth in front of gallery audience

Here's one way to share the miracle of childbirth - labor and deliver in front of an audience. It may not be for everyone, but in an odd coincidence, two moms are planning to do just that in the next few weeks.

Marni Kotak is a performance artist who has turned her personal life into art before. In previous performances, she's reenacted her own birth and her loss of virginity. Now this soon-to-be first-time mom says she's going to prove that there's no greater art than that of giving birth.

"I hope that people will see that human life is the most profound work of art, and that therefore giving birth, the greatest expression of life, is the highest form of art," Kotak told the New York Daily News. She plans to spend the next five weeks in a New York museum, where visitors will be able to stop by and witness the performance that she is calling "The Birth of Baby X."

Ottawa chiropractor and natural-birth educator Nancy Salgueiro, who plans to live stream her third home birth over the internet, has another goal. She wants to promote home birth. 

"I feel it's really important for people to see the difference, because birth is not what you see on TV. It can be, but it doesn't have to be like that," she told CBC.

The birth will stream live on her website, and viewers can register to be notified via email when Salgueiro goes into labor. So far over 800 people have registered, but as of this posting, they're still waiting for the birth - Salgueiro is 5 days past her due date.

UPDATE - Salgueiro gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday October 16. You can register to see a recording of the birth here. Not your idea of a good time? Share your thoughts below.

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Comment by Bethany Ann, Star Mom on October 17, 2011 at 3:37pm

Awkward...

 

I wanted a Home birth, and hopefully my next baby can be halfway Home birth. I want to go through the Birthing Center, so I'm at a hospital but in a very natural environment. I was two weeks overdue with my daughter so wasn't able to, because there's a time frame for it to be considered low risk. Not that I had a difficult labor/delivery at all. I certainly wouldn't want to bear my Yaya to an entire audience!

Comment by Jessica Cardwell on October 17, 2011 at 12:50am

My son was in distress during labor and didn't handle my contractions well so I am eternally grateful for modern medicine.  I don't know that he and I would have come through labor well if we were at home.  More power to these ladies if thats what they want to do but I think birthing at home can potentially be dangerous to mom & baby. And the woman who plans to give birth at a museum will likely regret that decision sometime during her labor.

Comment by silvermix81 on October 17, 2011 at 12:19am
what happens when there is an emergency, csection needed, etc?
Comment by jessiskinner200 on October 15, 2011 at 10:44pm

"I hope that people will see that human life is the most profound work of art, and that therefore giving birth, the greatest expression of life, is the highest form of art," 

 

-If that's true, you better be good at it

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