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Mum gives minute by minute updates of her baby's birth live on Facebook

Facebook mum Emma Hayes Facebook mum Emma Hayes

LITTLE Ayla Hayes made a big entrance to the world after mum Emma gave a running commentary of her birth on Facebook.

Emma updated friends and family about every stage of the home delivery by typing ­messages between her contractions.

She then posted the first photo of Ayla seconds after her birth.

And she put her comments on a public forum so other mums-to-be could follow her progress.

Emma, 30, said: "It was like I had everyone in the room with me. It was a great distraction.

"My friends stayed up waiting to see what happened so I felt I had support from thousands of people." Emma – who already has Evie, four, and Kaiden, two – had opted for a birthing pool at the home she shares with warehouseman husband Kriss, 34, in South Cerney, Gloucs.

Most of her pals and relatives live in Wales, so she decided to use the social networking site to keep in touch with them throughout her pregnancy.

And when she went into ­labour Emma kept posting as she tried to speed it along by rocking on a giant gym ball.

One said: "Still bouncing on my ball – come on baby ur making it way too easy so far, bring on the real pain!"

And friends got more drama than they'd expected because Emma's labour was so quick she didn't have time to get to the pool – and gave birth on the kitchen floor before a midwife arrived. Emma said: "Ayla's a real Facebook baby – people everywhere were with us when we welcomed her into the world, which is lovely for her to know when she's older.

"I was leaning over a chair in the kitchen, typing away ­between contractions. It was something to take my mind off it." Emma posted her first labour message at 9.27am on June 25 saying she thought her baby was ready.

Next morning she wrote: "I'm hoping something's gonna start cos something defo feels different this morning :-) please please please!! Would be nice to have a day baby rather than a night one x"

At 7.05pm she changed her status to say: "Really hoping to have our baby girl in my arms by the morning, Kriss is blowing the pool up and it hurts!"

The messages then started becoming more frequent as she described her contractions.

At 9.11pm Emma announced her waters had broken, posting: "Oh my God just completely lost my plug, so gross lol!!"

Later she said: "Contractions every 4-6 mins now, gotta wait till they're five mins apart then phone midwife again."

By now replies were flooding in from pals like Sarah Tyler Davies, who wrote: "We are all here for you Ems on the other side of Facebook push Emma push."

As she waited for the midwife Emma said: "Suddenly I felt a big pain down there and I knew she was coming."

Even then she managed to post: "Starting to push".

Moments later Ayla was born weighing 8lbs 11oz – and her photo was online. Emma said: "I gave three pushes and she came out. Kriss caught her in his arms and passed her to me."

She added: "It was so touching to know everyone went through the experience with us."



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