Man films partner giving birth, unknowingly makes it accessible for public viewing via FB Live

Image capture of video by Fakamalo Kihe Eiki via Facebook
  • Kali Kanongata’a from Carmichael, California, made it to headline news after he filmed his partner giving birth and streamed it on Facebook Live
  • Kali said he was thinking it was only for a few friends; not the entire world
  • He only realized the video was made public and was viewed by more people after he received a supportive “keep pushing” message from his cousin

SACRAMENTO, California – Guess what? A father-to-be filmed his partner delivering their baby and decided to livestream it for selected friends. However, he had no idea that he had made it accessible for the public to view.

An article by Kristie McCrum for The Mirror published on May 19 said that Kali Kanongata’a from Carmichael, California, made it to the headlines this week after he filmed the birth of his partner and streamed it on Facebook Live.

At the time, Kali’s partner Sarah Dome didn’t know that the recording was going out on the net. On Kali’s side, he said he was thinking it was only for a few friends and not the entire world.

The video, which now has more than 383,000 views, has become viral; thanks to the high spirits of Kali.

Kali only realized that the video was made public and was viewed by more people after he received a supportive “keep pushing” message from his cousin and he caught sight of the viewer count.

Kali admitted that he thought for a moment to stop the broadcast; however, he decided to continue.

“There’s a lot of negative stuff on Facebook and so I thought this would be positive,” Kali said as quoted by Tiare Dunlap in her article for the People.

“I figured as long as I kept it PG – this is a birth – it’s something to be happy about,” Kali added.

Meanwhile, not everyone liked the idea of broadcasting the delivery for public to see; with critics saying that the birth is an “overshare.”

Kali addressed the critics of the video and explained that there is nothing wrong on what happened.

“I know some people are mad that it’s not private, but I’m from the island [of Tonga], and years ago, we would have water births in public,” Kali said.

“I wasn’t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this for thousands of years,” Kali added. Besides, to Kali’s words, “I tried my best not to present her in an indecent Manner and anybody else that chose this I would suggest you do the same…”

So far, the event was looked upon by viewers – basing from the comments – that a new life is indeed beautiful.

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