Facebook Live Video of Baby’s Birth Goes Out Publicly

The happy (and internet-famous) mother and child.

Screenshot from the video.

The happy (and internet-famous) mother and child.

Zaria Swain, Editor in Chief

A couple in California had the surprise of a lifetime, when they found out that the process of their entire child birth was being streamed live on Facebook. Kali Kanongata’a  taped a video of his wife giving birth, but was apparently clueless that he was sharing this very intimate moment with the entire online world.

It wasn’t until his cousin commented on the live streaming video encouraging Kanongata’a’s wife to keep pushing that he noticed what he was doing. The man says that he did want to put the video on Facebook so he could include his distant family, but had no intention of inviting the whole world to his wife’s labor. The birth has over one-hundred twenty-thousand views (and counting), and comments from people all over the world, many of whom are complete strangers to the family. He says that after he noticed the thousands of people who were tuning in; he thought about ending the live stream, but decided it was a happy moment that should be shared with the rest of the world.

According to People magazine he said, “There’s a lot of negative of negative stuff on Facebook and I thought this would be positive.”

This miraculous moment apparently brought joy to lots of Facebook users, and although some people had negative things to say, most of the commenters stayed positive and gave encouraging words to Kali and his family.

The couple had a boy that they named Ngangatulelei HeKelesi and plan to show him the video when he is old enough, in hopes that he will appreciate the thrill and joy behind his life. The mother, Sarah, was pretty relaxed about the situation and focused on giving birth to the healthy and handsome eight-pound baby boy.

She says that even though she did not notice her delivery was going viral, it did not take a long time for her to recognize what happened after the baby was born. No one from either side of the family had anything negative to say about the video. By all reports the couple and their families were glad that they could share such a great moment in their life with the rest of the world.