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Tweeting Labor and Delivery

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tweeting labor and delivery

Would you tweet your baby's birth?

When Twitter was first launched back in 2006,  I didn’t exactly rush to create an account.  I honestly didn’t understand what the point was and felt certain that nothing that happened in my personal life was tweet-worthy.

Eventually, curiosity got the best of me and I signed on.  It was then that I realized that having something important to say is not a requirement when it comes to tweeting.

But if Twitter started out as a place for bored people to share the mundane details of their lives, it has evolved into something much more.  The ability to communicate in real time with total strangers has brought out the exhibitionist in some.

It would seem that a desire to fill that little “what’s happening” box at the top of the Twitter page with something interesting has resulted in a whole lot of over sharing.

Take, for example, a woman who tweets her labor and delivery.  Who does this and why?

Fi Star-Stone, a 34-year-old British woman, says she tweeted her 13-hour home birth experience in order to show her followers “the positive side of childbirth.”  Of course, she could have just waited until after the birth to tweet about the experience, but that wouldn’t have gotten her 250 replies and 100 new followers, now would it?

It cannot be coincidence that Star-Stone runs a childcare-related website and her husband is a PR consultant.

Of course, Star-Stone isn’t the first and won’t be the last to share the miracle of childbirth with total strangers online.   This over sharing of private moments is veering into trend territory and I can’t help but wonder what’s next.  Tweeting conception?

Would you tweet your delivery?  Would you follow someone else’s?

Image: me and the sysop/Flickr

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3 thoughts on “Tweeting Labor and Delivery

  1. Michele says:

    I’ve never had a child (nor have I ever tweeted), but I have a small handful of friends who have Facebook’d their birth experience, as in ’10 cm dilated now! Gonna start pushing!’ type updates. It is on one hand mind-boggling and slightly horrifying, but on the other hand, how many of us have received word that a friend has gone into labor and waited anxiously for an update that took upwards of 2 days to come? I know I have.

    I mean, these are women whom I love and care about and I am indeed interested in some of the more intimate details of their lives, which Facebook and Twitter make possible, for better or for worse.

    Likewise, it seems that for many women, the experience of giving birth (up until the pushing part) is a wildly boring one, marked by a hell of a lot of waiting around – particularly if they’re medicated, because then they’re confined to a bed and don’t even have the excruciating pain of contractions to break up the time. So if they want to get their internet on while they’re waiting for their little one, more power to ‘em. What else are they going to do?

  2. Carol says:

    I explicitly forbade my husband from tweeting/facebooking during my induced labor one month ago, since as I saw it, his job was to keep me sane, not play breaking news journalist online. That said, as soon as I was in my postpartum room, my husband posted our son’s vital stats on Facebook with my blessing.

  3. Genie (@geniealisa) says:

    I tweeted/facebooked my entire 49 hours of labor and it was great. Since so many of our friends are not local, they called it the virtual waiting room. And it was fantastic to see little messages of support. When my labor went into it’s second day everyone was afraid to stop checking for updates or go to bed or they might miss it. One friend said it was like that Sunday night football game in overtime where you know you have to go to work in the morning but don’t want to miss the big finish!

    I highly recommend it. :)

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