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.