Dutch Big Brother to air live birth

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A woman who is competing in the latest Dutch edition of Big Brother gave birth Tuesday to a healthy baby girl named Joscelyn Savanna, the Associated Press has reported. The entire delivery was filmed by the Big Brother camera crew and will be shown on the reality series' next episode.

The new mother, known only as Tanja (Big Brother does not release contestants' last names), is a 27-year-old aspiring law student from the town of Groningen. According to the Web site for Talpa, the Dutch network that airs the program, Tanja is tied for second place in popularity with Big Brother viewers.

Tanja's labor footage will be aired in accordance with rules agreed upon between the show's producers and the Dutch Social Affairs Ministry. Talpa spokesperson Stephanie Dekker stated that no "explicit scenes" from the delivery will be aired. "It will mostly show what Tanja says during the birth."

The Netherlands has strict child labor laws that will restrict Joscelyn's Big Brother appearances to a total of eight hours. Government-approved nurses will closely monitor the health of mother and child, and the baby must stay in a camera-free room where her mother and grandparents will be allowed to visit in private.

Big Brother was originally created in the Netherlands and has since spawned dozens of international versions. The reality series sequesters a group of people in a house for 100 days while keeping them under constant video surveillance.

The current season of Dutch Big Brother airs daily on Talpa and will conclude on December 22.

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