Earlier this year we revealed that an entire movement of mothers, midwives and birth photographers had sprung up dedicated to breaking down some of the fear surrounding birth by encouraging women to share their own experiences.
And where better to share those experiences than on social media?
While some of those images, videos and descriptions will likely be removed by the social media bods that be, that likely won’t stop women sharing them.
Women like Jessica Hood.
For the soon-to-be mum of four has decided to take things one stage further by giving birth live on Instagram.
– no makeup – messy hair – cellulite – big belly – stretch marks – granny undies – extra weight But proud to be pregnant . Proud of my body . Proud of my beautiful son growing inside me . Facing my fears . Kicking mental illnesses ass . No longer hiding 🖤 #aussiemumbloggers #pregnant #motherhoodaustralia #mentalillness #bodypositive
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Having found out she was pregnant with her fourth baby, due in December, Jessica made the brave decision to film the newest member of the family’s arrival into the world.
Jessica says she’s decided to broadcast her upcoming birth live to the world in mainly to raise awareness about mental health issues during pregnancy and motherhood.
“I want to do this to fight my the [sic] personal battles I’ve been facing,” she writes in Kidspot.
“I’ve been on and off medication since early 2017 trying to treat my anxiety, I’ve spent three years hiding away from the world and isolating myself from friends and family. I’ve spent so long worrying about what people thought. I’m gonna beat this! I’m done living my life in such a way, this affects everyone in my family.
“So I started an Instagram account to bring awareness to mental health and I made plans to go live in December and film my birth.”
Since starting her Instagram account Jessica has received a whole wave of support from other parents who are welcoming her real and raw take on pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
“Three months into this journey, I have an incredible following and amazing support group. I can feel myself coming out of my shell already. I spend lots of time using my stories to express how I’m feeling and raising awareness,” she writes.
Though she plans on keeping some aspects of the birth private, such as the actual pushing stage, Jessica says she hopes to share every other part of her labour and delivery.
And she doesn’t regret her decision for a minute.
“I’m getting a new lease on life. I’m making new friends and I’m getting to share an incredible experience with so many people who I will continue to have a close connection with after this is all over with,” she says.
Woohoo ✌️ another week closer!! Fist pump or shell I say fist “ bump “ . We are down to 17 weeks! This is a run down on what to expect from my LIVE BIRTH . I think that you should all purchase some ear muffs and popcorn for the big day/night 🙊#jessicaslivebirth #birthoninstagram #instabirth #bloggerau
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Jessica isn’t the only mum who is opting to share her birth experience on social media.
Charlotte Adams, 28, a Sales Manager for Netmums and her husband Rob Adams, both from Surrey, chose to broadcast her birthing experience to the Netmums Facebook page.
And last May blogger Sarah Cantwell live streamed her birth on Facebook with 62,000 people tuning in to watch her baby daughter enter the world.
Speaking about the number of viewers who tuned in to watch her birth experience, she said: “It’s quite crazy how many people were watching. I was only really expecting my friends and maybe some family to tune in.”
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