I have come a long way in social media since my first son was born over three years ago. I laid in my hospital bed texting friends and family members when I could, and gave them updates of all that is going on. With my second son, I did the same. Although this time around there is something much different in my life. One being my daily involvement in the online childbirth community, and another being my daily online involvement in social media like twitter and Facebook.
With over 2500 twitter followers, and 560 fans on facebook, I see myself sharing pregnancy news, concerns, and of course complains with everyone, and I have a lot of people that interact on this level.
A couple weeks ago there were a ton of articles on over sharing when it comes to pregnancy and birth in social media, and just a ton of articles about social media in general. Facebook pictures, twitter births, etc. and they all really got me thinking about my plans for social media when it comes to my cesarean in May.
Since the start of my pregnancy, and making the decision that I would be having a c-section for a third time instead of opting to try and labor again after my previous complicated deliveries, which was an incredibly difficult decision… I have been trying to focus on sharing my experience, and making it as positive as I can for a surgical delivery. I want women to know that while there are so many unnecessary c-sections , there still are ones that are necessary. I feel as though sharing my experience step-by-step could possibly help another mother who may be in similar shoes.
Another deciding factor of staying involved in social media during my c-section, and recovery is for the great support these online social media communities provide. Got a breastfeeding problem? Tweet it! You will get 40 answers… Got a concern about your c-section incision? Tweet it! You will get 40 answers from everyone from OB/GYN’s to Midwives, and other c-section mothers. Just want a virtual shoulder to cry on? Tweet it! You will get 40 different women offering an ear… It is like a giant sewing circle on the internet.
Times change, people change, and sometimes when motherhood comes, especially for those of us who are younger mothers and may not have friends going through the whole pregnancy and parenting thing with us, these are valuable connections and conversations.
Will I tweet about the OB/GYN cutting my uterus open? Probably not. Will I tweet those horrid TMI (tooooo much information) pieces of recovery? Probably not. But I will be there to show women the real side of cesarean birth. The good, the bad, and the ugly, and I will be just as real as the women who have tweeted during their home births, or inductions, or whatever other kind of births they have decided were best for them!
To follow me on twitter for the upcoming events, follow this link!
photo: flickr.com/me and the sysop