A mother who shared the drama of childbirth with thousands of people on Twitter celebrated her son’s third birthday today – and looked forward to becoming a published author.
Fi Star-Stone became an internet celebrity in 2010 when she decided to tweet the progress of her 13-hour labour to the world.
People from New York, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and across Europe showered her with emails of congratulations after son Oscar was born. Among them were messages from TV’s Emma Forbes and artist Banksy.
And she revealed the repercussions of her very public labour – believed to be the first ever ‘Twitterbirth’ – are still being felt today.
The 37-year-old from Stafford, who runs an advice website Childcare is Fun and is married to Richard Stone, has been shortlisted in the 2013 MAD Blog Awards, the UK’s biggest awards for mother and father bloggers. The results will be announced at a ceremony in London on Friday.
She has also been invited to write a series of books on parenting. The first, Baby Bliss: Say Goodnight to Sleepless Nights, will be published next spring.
“As soon as the Twitterbirth story went in the Express & Star, I was getting calls from all over,” she said. “The New York Times rang, TV and radio stations from as far away as Japan called.
“A a result, my website has become really well known.” She describes Oscar, whose sister Betsy is four tomorrow, as ‘a barrel of fun’. The pair had a combined circus party at the family home in The Garthlands, Rickerscote, on Saturday.
Recalling Oscar’s arrival, nursery nurse Fi said: “I can’t believe it was three years ago. So much has happened as a result of what I did.”