Thousands Watch Woman Give Birth Live on Internet

"I saw this as kind of like a door into a new era of sharing personal events," said Kim, 25, a stay-at-home mother from the Chicago area who blogs for Families.com and asked to withhold her last name.

When her son was born seven months ago, Kim and her husband announced his birth on Facebook. But she said that differed from live streaming video of the actual event, or using Twitter, in that only friends and family can see what they post.

Younger Generations More Comfortable With New Media

"Birth has always been such private thing," she said. "We've seen it move from the home into the hospital. Now to see it move on to the Internet is pretty incredible."

Last September, several blogs reported a Pennsylvania man wanted to share the birth of his child through the video site UStream.

And this summer, the wife of Twitter CEO Evan Williams tweeted to the world that their child was on the way.

"Dear Twitter," she wrote. "My water broke. It wasn't like Charlotte in 'Sex and the City.' Now timing contractions on an iPhone app."

Julie Taylor, senior editorial producer for Los Angeles-based MomLogic.com and mother of two, said that when she first heard about Lynsee's project she thought "Wow! I would never do that." But she acknowledged that younger mothers have grown up in a very different technological landscape.

"They've lived more of their lives online," she said. "For them, they've video-taped most of their lives anyway and they've grown up on reality TV. So maybe it's an old-fashioned notion to think twice."

First-Person Stories Can Provide Good Lessons

Ultimately, Taylor and others agree that childbirth is a supremely personal experience and each woman has the right to fashion the experience to her liking.

"It's a personal choice," said Gwynn Cassidy, online director for the Internet resource HealthyWomen.org. "We all have our personal lines in terms of what we will cross or won't cross."

She added that while not many women may choose to broadcast their child's birth live, many more are turning to new media to share milestones and first-person stories.

"It's absolutely a trend," she said.

"If we don't share this information with each other who's going to?" Cassidy said. "It's a great lesson for women who do want to have children and for younger women to see how childbirth really can be."

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