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Letters Learning from birthing stories on Twitter

Preventing, recognising, and responding to fear of childbirth and birth trauma

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 24 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2279
  1. Maeve Anne O'Connell, lecturer in nursing
  1. Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain), Busaiteen 228, Bahrain
  1. maoconnell{at}

Mothers share and compare their birth stories on social media through Twitter, Facebook groups, and online forums.1 Previously, they did not have the opportunity to discuss their stories,2 and social media seems to be giving women a voice. Some mothers compare their obstetric experience with that of violence or abuse.3 They use the hashtag #metoointhebirthroom with connotations of validating each other’s experience of abuse, …

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