Thanks to modern technology, most moms have a support group once they head to the hospital to labor and deliver. Whether it's via text message, instant messenger, email, a phone tree, or social networking updates — friends and family are kept up to date on all the details from the water breaking and the epidural being administered to the announcement of the actual birth.
Once a woman has been through the process herself, it's hard not to feel sympathetic (and slightly nauseous) when you hear the needle is going into the spine or empathetic (and exhausted) when you realize the mama-to-be has been pushing for three hours. Or get teary eyed when you see the first stunning photo of your friend holding the bundle of joy? Do you truly feel the experience of fellow women?