Giving birth is hard work. Live tweeting while doing so might make it even tougher.
Yet, it seemed like the appropriate thing for Claire Diaz-Ortiz, who leads social innovation at Twitter, to do. She managed to live-tweet her labor, starting after her water broke on Saturday, April 5, in Buenos Aires where she lives with her husband, according to Buzzfeed. She posted updates from her account, @Claire, along with the hashtag "#inlabor." The tweets caught the attention of her 330,000-plus followers as well as celebrities, who offered kudos to the multitasking mother-to-be.
She kicked it off early Saturday morning with a Google search.
Currently googling: Did my water just break? #labor
Moved on. Now officially googling "Am I in Labor?!?"
So this is a contraction. #inlabor
When you go into labor weeks early, you don't remember to pack a baby bag. #inlabor
While en route, there were some issues.
Speed bumps on road and contractions don't mix. #inlabor
Car overheating?! Stopping at gas station. #inlabor
Car overheating again. Another gas station. Woe is me. #inlabor
Mechanic says car fine. Gives me thumbs up. Tells us to get to hospital. #inlabor
Then there were some major issues.
Car now broken down. On side of road. Need taxi. #inlabor
Can't find taxi. Is this a joke?!? #inlabor
Taxi found. Checked in at hospital. Screaming women abound. #inlabor
Finally, she made it to the hospital.
Where are my ice chips? #inlabor
Please stop asking what we are planning to name the baby. We don't know. And it's getting awkward. #inlabor
This is how I feel: BLERGH!!!!! #inlabor
I got married in an April thunderstorm. I am having a baby in an April thunderstorm. Different Aprils. #inlabor
Supermodel Christy Turlington assured her that's "normal," tweeting, "Hope you've a good midwife or doula on hand @Claire." Actress America Ferrera quipped: "Tweeting while in labor! That's commitment."
Can we take the placenta? Want to plant tree.(Husband wants no part in this; still focused on lost ukelele).#inlabor
They say that babies born in storms bring with them the luck of the Argentines. She's a lucky one, then;) #inlabor
Lesson: when you live-tweet your own labor, some will hate. Luckily, your husband will laugh in the corner. #inlabor
On Saturday evening, she welcomed a baby girl, Lucia. And, yes, the newborn already has her Twitter handle locked down.
Bethenny Frankel was very impressed.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) April 6, 2014
Congrats, Claire! And welcome to the world of social media, little Lucia!