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Twitter-loving mother gives live account of birth at the Whittington

08:00 06 June 2014

Lyndsey Thomas, who live tweeted every stage of giving birth at the Whittington Hospital, with 2-week-old baby Ferne. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Lyndsey Thomas, who live tweeted every stage of giving birth at the Whittington Hospital, with 2-week-old baby Ferne. Picture: Nigel Sutton

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A Twitter-loving mother kept her friends up-to-date during the birth of her daughter by posting a live account during labour.

When Lyndsey Thomas arrived at the Whittington Hospital in Magdala Avenue, Archway to be induced she knew she was in for a long wait, so decided to set-up her own social experiment, sending tweets and posting photos to chronicle every agonising step of the way.

Pictures show her receiving an epidural, mid-contraction, posing with nurses and feeding her newborn daughter for the very first time.

Mrs Thomas, 34, said: “I wanted to capture as much as I could, even during my contractions. It was a way of keeping my mind off the pain and telling friends what was happening.

“Often people post a message saying they’re going into labour but you don’t hear anything for a while afterwards.”

During the course of her 12 hours in labour, Mrs Thomas sent around 30 tweets using the hashtag ‘lyndseygivesbirth’ and attracted dozens of new followers.

“When I got there I thought ‘what can I do to pass a few hours before it all kicks off?’ she said.

“It was also a kind of social experiment to see what people’s reactions would be.

“Everyone was very positive – people were even guessing the weight and the time I would give birth. The staff too were all talking about it.”

Islington Council’s very own community safety chief, Paul Convery, also got involved and sent his best wishes to her from his account.

Mrs Thomas, from Muswell Hill, was 10 days overdue before she went into hospital and was keen to give birth in time for the FA Cup final so her husband, Iain, could go to the game.

Baby Ferne finally arrived at 1pm on May 17, weighing just over seven pounds, which meant her father could watch Arsenal beat Hull City.

Mrs Thomas, who gave up her job in marketing to focus on being a mother, has continued to Tweet updates of her daughter’s progress since giving birth, as well as the daily challenges of being a new parent.

Mr and Mrs Thomas also have a son, Teddy, aged three, who was delivered at the Whittington.

“The staff at the hospital were phenomenal – flawless from beginning to end,” she said. “Every single person that dealt with me was fantastic. Everything I wanted I was given, so I want to say a huge thanks them.”

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