Among skeptics and non-users, Twitter is frequently criticized for enabling its users to publicize what might otherwise be viewed as a private moment.
Twitter employee Claire Diaz-Ortiz’s decision to live-Tweet her daughter’s recent birth won’t likely alter that perception. But it did garner the self-described technology innovator and published author dozens of retweets and new followers—and made her daughter a minor Internet celebrity before she had exited the womb.
Diaz-Ortiz (owner of a coveted first-name handle, @Claire) realized her water was breaking on Saturday. So she began live-Tweeting the experience using the hashtag “#inlabor”:
So this is a contraction. #inlabor— Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@Claire) April 5, 2014
She hit some major hiccups on the way to the hospital:
Car now broken down. On side of road. Need taxi. #inlabor— Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@Claire) April 5, 2014
Can't find taxi. Is this a joke?!? #inlabor— Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@Claire) April 5, 2014
But eventually she made it—and, smartphone in hand, tried to convey the physical sensations of going into #labor:
This is how I feel: BLERGH!!!!! #inlabor— Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@Claire) April 5, 2014
To reiterate my labor pains: BLERGH!!!! #inlabor— Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@Claire) April 5, 2014
Things seemed to turn out well, and Diaz-Ortiz finally took a break from the social media site when her baby daughter, Lucía, had arrived in her arms:
Maybe it’s a prescient glimpse of How We Give Birth Now, or maybe it’s just a fleeting glimpse into one new mother’s family life. Either way, it’s far more uplifting than the woman who inadvertently livetweeted her husband’s death.