Down­side of over­shar­ing

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Shar­ing ev­ery de­tail of our lives on so­cial me­dia has be­come the norm, but Catri­ona Jones, a se­nior re­search fel­low at the Univer­sity of Hull says “hor­ror sto­ries” about birth shared on­line are con­tribut­ing to the rise of to­co­pho­bia (fear of child­birth). Ac­cord­ing to a 2017 study, 14% of preg­nant women suf­fer from to­co­pho­bia, with this fig­ure ris­ing steadily.

She told Bri­tish news­pa­per The In­de­pen­dent that par­ent­ing fo­rums, like Mum­snet and Net­mums, have pro­vided women with a ded­i­cated plat­form where they can share their ex­pe­ri­ences. “If you go into Mum­snet fo­rums, women are telling sto­ries about child­birth. I think that can be dif­fi­cult to deal with,” says Catri­ona, ar­gu­ing that neg­a­tive anec­dotes ex­ac­er­bate fears of labour.

How­ever, Jus­tine Roberts, Mum­snet founder and CEO, ar­gues anec­dotes about labour can be help­ful to ex­pect­ing moth­ers and The Bri­tish Preg­nancy Ad­vi­sory

Ser­vice said fo­rums pro­vide a space for women to share their ex­pe­ri­ences – whether good or bad.

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