It’s been just over a week since Melbourne blogger Sophie Cachia announced she plans to document the upcoming birth of her second child on Snapchat, and to put it lightly, the reactions have been mixed. Some have embraced the announcement and the real-time insight into labour, whereas others have labelled it oversharing of the highest degree.
But according to the 26-year-old behind The Young Mummy, it’s nothing she wasn’t already expecting.
Speaking exclusively to Mamamia on Friday, she said, “I’m well aware that there are people who completely disagree with the decision or think it’s way too much, but if they’re watching me, they’re choosing to do that. They’ve downloaded the app, they’ve made an account and they’ve followed me. So if they’re watching me on that day, it’s their choice and I’m not making anyone do that.”
"The joy of social media is that you are choosing to watch something," the mum to two-year-old Bobby said, adding, "There are people out there who I know are going to criticise me for doing this, but what they perhaps don't realise is that I can see them tuning in."
When I asked Cachia why she's made the decision to share what is a highly intimate experience, her reason is astoundingly clear.
"When do you ever get that chance to see someone in labour? It's not something you see every day," she said. "I think birth is the most amazing, beautiful thing in the world and I'm trying to show people what it can be like, and I'm not ashamed of it."
The Young Mummy is Snapchatting her labour. Mamamia Out Loud discuss if it's too much information or important documentation of the realities of giving birth. Post continues...