I have been following the blog of an Australian midwife and midwifery educator, and getting rather jealous of the response to her blog posts. MidwifeThinking, aka Rachel Reed, has been writing very thoughtful, informative and provocative posts about birth and getting heaps of comments - 75 comments at the last count...beats my average of two/three comments per post...hands down.
Once I got over my blog envy, I was fascinated to see how women had responded to Rachel's latest post; The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth with so many birth stories...in quite a lot of detail.
Storytelling and social media
We know women love to tell their birth stories and debrief, and that it is very beneficial. But I have been left wondering how well we midwives support women to do this? As I read the birth stories on Rachel's blog and on Facebook pages I am wondering if this form of story telling is replacing the face-to-face discussions midwives have with women?
In other words is blogging...Twitter...Facebook...replacing midwives?
What do you think? What is your experience of telling birth stories as a midwife and/or as a birthing woman? Have you put your birth story out on Facebook or a blog? Why did you do it? Did it replace face-to-face discussions with your midwife? What did you get out of telling your story on Facebook or the blog?
Image: 'homebirth in a hippy shirt...'