Facebook: A Laboring Mom’s Best Friend

facebooklabor1Over three years ago, when I gave birth to  PP, I was not as “social media savvy” as I am now. I also lived back in my home state so it was easy to keep in touch with my family and friends without the assistance of social technology.

Well a lot has changed in 3 years- I became pregnant with LadyBug (my 2nd), I’m living in a new city and a new home and I’m far away from my family and hometown friends. I knew that I would announce to my friends the birth of my child when it happened via Facebook (and upload as many pics as I could), but what I didn’t know was that it could actually help me through labor.

As I labored in one of the bedrooms at my home, I tried to keep quiet so not to wake up my sleeping husband and PP. So, I would give updates regarding my labor via Facebook.  It was nice to see that at even 3:00 AM, I had support from my faraway friends that happened to be up too. They gave me words of encouragement and it was a great way to distract myself as I breathed through each contraction. I even went on babycenter.com to see “if I really was in labor.” I determined that I was and headed out to the hospital at 4:00 am.

My blackberry was also a welcome distraction in the hospital as I checked other people’s status updates in order to stay connected. When LadyBug was actually born, I posted pics of her on Facebook and was flooded with so many kind words of Congratulations- almost immediately.

Even though I am thousands of miles away, I still felt like my family and friends were close by during one of the best moments of my life–thanks Facebook!

If you’ve joined the Facebook revolution, be sure to check out Graco on Facebook! (and become a fan :)

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2 Responses to “Facebook: A Laboring Mom’s Best Friend”

  1. Donna August 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    Melissa,

    That is so awesome!! I had been following your labor on twitter with reports, and then did not hear word. Finaly, I saw the lovely announcement when it was shared at Graco. Congratulations and you must be so happy. congrats to you and your family and extended social circles!!!

  2. Stephanie August 18, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    I enjoy Facebook too. It’s a wonderful tool for keeping in touch with family and friends from around the world.

    We did announce the birth of our second baby on Facebook the day after her birth, but I didn’t do any facebooking during labor or immediately after the birth. I think I was too “in the moment” to think of doing anything else. :)