Obstetricians, nurses and midwives across the country told all in a recent piece in Parents magazine called “Weird, Wacky Birth Stories You Won’t Believe!” Here were a couple of my favorites:
A dad called in to inform us that his wife’s water had broken. We told him to hurry to the hospital. He arrived quickly, holding a jar of her amniotic fluid. Unfortunately, he left the wife at home. Carolyn Clusman, Nurse in Rockville, Md.
A couple who didn’t speak English came in ready to deliver. The man kept trying to get out of the delivery room, but we kept insisting he had to stay for moral support. When the baby emerged, I turned the man’s head so his eyes were on the delivery. Unfortunately, the next day I found out that he wasn’t the woman’s husband. He was her brother. Marilee McDonough, Nurse in Hamilton, Ohio
One memorable moment in the maternity ward for me was when Ari’s head first crowned. I’d been pushing for at least an hour — I had been in active labor all day that day — and when Ari’s head first emerged with two wisps of blond hair, my DH said in his deadpan voice: “Maybe I need that DNA test after all.” The nurses looked like they were going to slug him.
So fellow MTers, do you have any funny delivery or adoption stories to share? How were your partners during the ordeal? Please do tell!