Kali Kanongata thought he was sharing his son’s birth with his friends and family on the Polynesian island of Tonga when he live streamed it on Facebook. What he didn’t realize is that anybody can – and did – view it. At this point, over 120,000 people have watched his partner, Sarah Dome, give birth to their son.
Kanongata says when he saw the viewer count reach the thousands, he thought about turning it off “for a second,” but decided to keep going. “There’s a lot of negative stuff on Facebook and so I thought this would be positive,” he explains. “I figured as long as I kept it PG – this is a birth – it’s something to be happy about.”
The couple has gotten plenty of backlash for what some consider is TMI, while others point out that the new mom might not have wanted her private moment put on Facebook for the world to see. Kali and Sarah are “laughing at the criticism” and as papa Kali explains, on his home island of Tonga, they used have water births in public. He adds, “I wasn’t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this for thousands of years.”