When a 23-year-old Minnesota teacher gave birth this weekend, it wasn’t just her husband, mother and midwife who supported her every step of the way.

Thousands of people from across the country and around the world signed in to watch a live Internet broadcast of her more than seven-hour delivery.

For the past few months, Lynsee (who asked to keep her last name private) has been sharing daily details about her pregnancy on the social network MomsLikeMe.

When she was admitted to the hospital about 5 p.m. Friday evening, the social network sent an e-mail broadcast to about 8,000 members, in addition to messages sent via Twitter and Facebook.

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