Women choose to give birth in the woods on controversial reality show, 'Born in the Wild'

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Extreme Births: Women Choosing to Give Birth in the Woods

Women are giving birth deep in the woods, hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital ... by choice.

That's right -- no doctors, no epidural, not even a bed to lie on.

It's a controversial new reality show called "Born in the Wild."

Inside a flimsy tent in the wilderness, Amy Hammond was in labor as her husband, Jeff, watched and the cameras rolled. They did have two midwives to help out.

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Women choose to give birth in the woods on controversial reality show, 'Born in the Wild'
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Peter Bird (L) and Audrey Bird from 'Born In The Wild' pose for a portrait during the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Peter Bird (L) and Audrey Bird from 'Born In The Wild' pose for a portrait during the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Peter Bird, Audrey Bird and Yoshi Stone, Executive Producer speak onstage during the 'Born In The Wild' panel at the A&E Networks portion of the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Peter Bird, Audrey Bird and Yoshi Stone, Executive Producer speak onstage during the 'Born In The Wild' panel at the A&E Networks portion of the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Peter Bird, from left, Audrey Bird, and executive producer Yoshi Stone, of Lifetime's “Born in the Wild”, pose backstage at the Lifetime, A&E, and History winter TCA panel at the Langham Hotel on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for A&E Networks]/AP Images)
Peter Bird, from left, Audrey Bird, and executive producer Yoshi Stone, of Lifetime's “Born in the Wild”, speak at the Lifetime, A&E, and History winter TCA panel at the Langham Hotel on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for A&E Networks]/AP Images)
Peter Bird, left, and Audrey Bird, of Lifetime's “Born in the Wild”, pose backstage at the Lifetime, A&E, and History winter TCA panel at the Langham Hotel on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for A&E Networks]/AP Images)
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Producers say the pregnant women were determined to give birth away from civilization with or without cameras. Producers looked on birth forums and in midwives groups to find six expecting couples who wanted to have their babies in the woods.

Satellite phones were available, just in case. Still, OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson warned that medical emergencies can happen quickly and require immediate attention.

She told INSIDE EDITION that, "Things can go wrong and when they go wrong in obstetrics, they can go very, very wrong very, very fast."

Hammond countered: "If I thought that having my baby out in the woods was in any way dangerous, I wouldn't have done it."

Fortunately, little Levi Silas Hammond came into the world safe and sound. He weighed in at seven pounds, six ounces, and measured 20 inches.

Here he is today:


Levi had a birth experience that gives a whole other meaning to the concept of "Mother Nature." Will you tune into the show? Tell us how you feel about the controversial program in the comments.

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