A pregnant mother is streaming her entire birth on Facebook live to about 26,000 strangers after her labour was induced.
Rebecca Meldrum, 28, was induced at 36 weeks after suffering numerous complications including a Zika-virus scare.
The Channel Mum vlogger has posted three birth updates so far on the Facebook page, showing her being driven to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital by husband Lee.
LIVE BIRTH UPDATE 3 – it’s Rebecca Mrs Meldrum here induction has begun & contractions have started! I’m being induced at 36 weeks due to a high risk pregnancy with very little growth, concerns over my placenta and possible exposure to Zika. I’d love you to follow my journey and wish me luck – I’m going to need your help to get through this! Check out all the Labour and birth stories on Channel Mum here: http://www.channelmum.com/parenting/pregnancy/labour-and-birth/
Posted by Channel Mum on Thursday, August 3, 2017
Speaking from her hospital bed, Rebecca said:
I’m not one for getting nervous but goodness me I am feeling all the nerves.
I’m sweaty and I’m flushed and I’m freaking out just a little bit.
We really don’t know how all this is going to pan out.
We know we are having a baby. We’re not sure how her health is going to be. It’s all a completely new experience for us.
We’ve had two healthy and beautiful children – a five-year-old and a two-year-old – with relatively straight forward pregnancies and relatively straight forward births.
The mum-of-two continued:
This is all very nervous and pretty nerve racking really to get my head around everything that is getting on.
The aim was to get me to 31 weeks.
I got to 31 weeks easily with little growth from her and last week they said there is no point in dragging this further and chancing our luck, it’s time to get baby out.
We were re-scanned a couple of days ago and she’s doubled in size. She went from 3lb 4oz to a whopping 5lbs. I’m hoping that’s correct.
Due to all the complications, there is a chance that there will be some difficulties with Rebecca’s third child, but she is taking the risk of streaming it online to raise awareness of the raw truth of childbirth.
Rebecca pointed out that much of pregnancy and childbirth in the public eye is ‘sugarcoated’ and that she wants to ‘share real life stories’.
The actual birth hasn’t happened yet and I’m not sure we’ll be tuning on, but we hope all goes well for Rebecca.