There’s no doubt that pregnancy and childbirth can be a stressful experience.  While the first several weeks allow for the planning and fun of preparing for a new baby, as the day gets closer every mom begins to wonder to herself “can I do this?” The stress, and lack of control that comes with bringing a new baby into the world brings about some pretty amazing situations–some funny,and some that are just unbelievable.  Here are three of the most memorable for me…

Don’t take my underwear!
·    Many women present to labor hall for verification of whether or not they are in labor.  In order to be examined, they must undress and put on a hospital gown.  After peeing in a cup, and putting on a gown they prepare for their exam.  9 times out of 10, I raise the gown to assess them and they still have their underwear on.  “Can’t I just leave them on?” They ask. I laugh–because being a nurse myself, I did it too when it was time to give birth.  Like a life preserver in the ocean, so are underwear to a laboring woman.  Go figure….


It’s just going to rot off…

·    Of all the astonishing things that can be said, many of them come from doctors.  One of the most memorable occurred when a circumcision was completed on a newborn, but as things go, it was bleeding more than was expected.  As the bleeding slowed, it collected as a blood clot over the end of the baby’s private parts—and when the physician went to the parent’s room to discuss the issue, he said “Oh don’t worry about it—it’s going to fall off anyway.” (Meaning the dried clot) But in a misunderstood panic, the parents exchanged a troubled glance and said “His—his penis is going to fall off?!”

I had a little accident…

·“I think my water broke.” The certain assurance by most women that labor has begun brings them trotting double time to the hospital. “My underwear are wet…I know my water’s broke.” And dad, pacing the room is calling family and friends to let them know that the big event may be underway.  I can’t tell you enough how often this happens—time after time—everyone is so sure.  And then, the exam reveals that in fact, no—their water is not broken and thanks to the natural function of the human body during pregnancy, they may have just peed their pants.  Do we laugh about this? Of course not…well, maybe not where they can see us!

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