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Tweeting During Labor: Too Much 411

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 10:31 PM
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Tweeting During Labor: Too Much 411


Is tweeting during labor the ultimate in mommy multi-tasking?

Sara Williams, wife of Twitter CEO, Evan Williams, tweeted updates for her followers while in labor all the way up to finally getting her epidural shot. Dad took over to tweet the birth. OK, maybe Sara had a small publicity motive, but she's not the only mom out there tweeting through contractions. CNN did a story on the trend and one mom described demanding her blackberry between contractions. She explained her need to put her pain "out there" in the universe, so other people could feel it along with her.


In the same CNN story, a New York dad, Kyle Monson, said,"We were on our iPhone and Blackberry right up until the point when my wife started pushing, and then we had to put those phones down."

I can see why moms with parents and friends who live far away say that these up-to-the-minute tweets help to shrink the miles between them, but I also understand why others say it's too much 411. Especially since most people tweet to a list of followers that includes casual acquaintances and even strangers.

Psychologist Renana Brooks told CNN that she's concerned with the trend and the idea of couples texting rather than being focused on each other.

"One of the few rituals we have in terms of giving each other undivided attention, is that time in a delivery room," she said. "To be spending time writing to someone else destroys the whole ritual."

I agree and that's why you would never catch me tweeting during labor. I can barely force myself to be nice to the people around me (including my husband) in the birthing room, let alone think of something uncensored to tweet to my friends and family in cyberworld.

I can, however, very easily imagine my husband tweeting during my labor. After all, I've seen him chat up the doctor about real estate while I was in the middle of a painful contraction, and even take unflattering pictures of me pushing, which I later discovered he later posted along with a picture of our new daughter on our family website, much to my absolute horror.

My husband has enough trouble dealing with a crabby wife in pain who doesn't seem to think he can do anything right in the labor room. Tweeting would just one more thing to annoy me.

What are your thoughts?

 





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by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 10:31 PM
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MommyOnLI
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 10:51 PM

i dont think there is anything wrong with it...

i did it with FB while i was in labor all the way up until i was waiting to have my C section.


ariannasmom114
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 10:55 PM

yea i dont either u need something to do while ur waiting on that baby to come

Quoting MommyOnLI:

i dont think there is anything wrong with it...

i did it with FB while i was in labor all the way up until i was waiting to have my C section.



JBIRDSLADIE
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM

To each their own......... I probably would have if these things were available to me when I had my children.

KT9105
by on Aug. 29, 2009 at 3:36 AM

My cousin did this.  It wasn't Twitter, but her personal blog.  Every last juicy detail - thank God she didn't post pictures too.

marywilliams
by on Aug. 29, 2009 at 12:41 PM

My labor was so fast there wouldn't have been time!  We did nothing like that when Caroline was born.  We spent the time together and then after posted the pics on FB.  We did a lot of things "old school".  We did not know the gender, I wasn't induced.  Everything was a surprise!  We got to call family with the "It's a girl" and here are the stats, etc.  We didn't even tell anyone our name choices!

Once all the family was informed and I was moved to the regular room my husband posted all the pics for both of us.  He even came on here and posted in the December group I am in!

I would not do that while in labor - that's just too much.  Some things should be private between the parents-to-be!

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lovinmyseabee09
by on Aug. 29, 2009 at 2:09 PM

i'll so do this if i have another one. labor is boring.  

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iamcafemom83
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2009 at 10:32 PM

i dont have twitter, but even if i did, i would not tweet my progress. who wants to hear about the nurse breaking my water or getting an epidural? at most, it would be, heading to the hospital/ baby has arrived. nothing is a mystery anymore!

StarMommy06
by on Aug. 29, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Im sure that I will be updating my facebook the whole time :)

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