'America's Next Top Model' Alum Gives Birth On Facebook Live

by Megan Zander
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Lisa D’Amato posts Facebook Live video during birth of her second son

We’re all guilty of the occasional social media overshare. The onslaught of first day of school photos, that date night meal that was totally worth the cost of the sitter and the overpriced drinks. But if you’ve ever experienced poster’s remorse or wondered if you’re putting too much out there on Facebook, you can relax. Because the crown for Most Extreme Facebook Overshare belongs to model Lisa D’Amato, thanks to her recent Facebook Live video that showed her entire birth in real time.

Here it is:

D’Amato is an alum of America’s Next Top Model, so she’s used to being on camera. The Facebook live video marked the birth of her second son, Venice Sire. She and her husband, Adam Friedman already have a three-year-old son, Daxel Vaughn.

In D’Amato’s defense, with the exception of the gross glimpse of her OB elbow deep in placenta, (“It looks like liver!” someone can be heard saying in the background.) we don’t actually see the baby slide out of her vagina or anything that graphic. And admittedly it’s pretty gutsy to put your labor and delivery on Facebook live for the world to see. Maybe it’s the fact that she’s already had a child before, but she’s super relaxed throughout the birth. In fact, she spends less time reflecting on the fact that she’s about to have another baby and more time thinking about what kind of food she wants post-delivery. “Now, I’m just wondering what I’m gonna eat after this,” she says. “I don’t know if I’m gonna get crispy chicken tacos, pizza or Crustacean’s garlic noodles.”

The mood in her birthing suite is just as chilled as she is. It’s not at all what you see in movies or on television during the “birthing” scene. When D’Amato’s son is born (after what seems like only three pushes) it takes a minute before he lets out his first cry, prompting the medical staff to take him from mom and move him over to the warmer to examine him. “He had his cord really tied around his neck,” her doctor explains, as baby Venice finally starts to wail. It’s a slightly scary moment, but watching it unfold in real time makes it seem less so, since the staff handles it so quickly and so well.

Any time we can knock down some of the mystery and fear that surrounds childbirth is always a good thing. But if streaming your labor and delivery is going to be the next trend, can we at least get a placenta warning? Some of us are trying to scroll during lunch.