UK blogger Sarah-Jane Ljungstrom switched on her Facebook Live camera just after her waters broke in order to show people labour is nothing like the movies, reports The Sun.
More than 200,000 tuned in to watch the 24-hour birth, which included five video updates during this period – everything from contractions, to how much she was dilated to her baby moving down the birth canal. However, viewers did not see her new daughter being pushed out.
“I’ve been vlogging about motherhood and my pregnancy this year so it was natural for me to do the same and share my labour,” Sarah-Jane told Channel Mum, an online community for mothers.
“I was always looking for help and advice especially about the big things like labour (...) so I decided to share my own, to show a real everyday labour that other mums and pregnant woman could follow and see how it went. Birth isn’t really like the movies so showing a normal everyday labour story was nice.”
Speaking after the birth in a YouTube video, Sarah-Jane says she does not regret the move and if anything it was a very positive experience that she’d do again in a heartbeat.
“Emotionally it made me feel braver and more hopeful as I had the encouragement of women I knew had been there and done it. I got some great advice and read all of it.”
This was Sarah-Jane’s third child.
You can watch all five live videos HERE
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