When 34-year-old Lyndsey Thomas went in to labor, she decided to take not just her husband or close relatives with her to the delivery room, but anyone who was willing to come along for the experience.
She posted updates at almost every stage of her labor and shared photos of herself having contractions and an epidural on Twitter, all the while posing with doctors and her husband, Iain.
So when her daughter Fearne Eileen was born at 1:04 a.m. on May 17, weighing 7 lbs., 4 oz., there were about a million cheers.
Not one to be outdone by hours and hours of labor, Thomas was back online just 20 minutes after birth as she breastfed her baby.
Not only that, she has been keeping her followers up to date since.
Thomas is not the first person to post something of this nature, but she has been getting a positive response from the online world. That is a stark contrast to Ruth Fowler, who did something similar, but her tweets were too graphic for social media and she got lot of heat.
For a forum that is all about sharing information and opinions, social media can be pretty conservative and restricting at times. Beth Whaanga, a cancer survivor, learned the same lesson the hard way when she tried creating awareness about BRCA2 gene and the resulting mastectomy and hysterectomy surgeries.
Apparently when it comes to the fine line between sharing and over sharing, freedom of expression and social restrictions, there’s a lot that needs to be worked out.