We all know parents who love to share photos of virtually every moment of their kid's childhood on social media. But we could start seeing that meticulous documentation begin right in the delivery room, as DJ Khaled demonstrated last weekend.
The producer and social media extraordinaire captured every moment — and we mean every moment — of his son Asahd Tuck Khaled's birth on Snapchat, from talking with the doctor to his fiancée Nicole Tuck dealing with contractions to the baby's first cries. One brave YouTuber compiled all of the Snaps into one slightly NSFW video that you can view above. Ah, the miracle of life!
It's not too surprising that DJ Khaled would chronicle what is such a personal and intimate moment in a person's life on social media since that's kind of his schtick these days. But still, the delivery room seemed like one of the last places on Earth that would be free from live tweeting and Instagram filters these days.
Not so, according to Dr. Simone Whitmore, an OBGYN and one of the cast members of Bravo's Married to Medicine. "I see patients regularly — who not necessarily would videotape but certainly with pictures — who post a lot on social media. A lot," she told Personal Space. "So they post [them] themselves in the delivery room immediately after the baby's born."
Dr. Simone said video recording of a delivery isn't even allowed at the hospital where she practices. But even if that and photography are permitted in the delivery room, Dr. Simone said people should be careful about what they post on social media. "I just believe that people don't need to know your every step. You saw Kim Kardashian in the news recently getting robbed at her hotel, and I just feel that you have to do everything in your power just to keep yourself safe, keep your family safe. And so part of that is limiting some of what you're doing on social media. It works for people, and they do it. It's just for me and my lifestyle, I just don't think I agree with it."
But whether or not these photos and videos make it into the public eye, people have long been capturing the magical moment of birth and probably will continue to do so long into the future. "Even before we had social media, people were videotaping deliveries and taking pictures, so that's not a new concept. I'm sure if we talked to somebody in the Kennedy family with those babies, they had deliveries that might have been videotaped," Dr. Simone explained. "It really is just how much of that should you be sharing with America, the world. I just don't know that I would want to share everything."
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