Funniest bit of childbirth

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rachelhill Fri 12-Jan-07 15:53:53

My funniest bit was that during every contraction my boobs squirted milk, at quite high velocity and I got the irritating consultant's glasses while he was telling me I wasn't in proper labour.

Second funniest, midwife asked me to rate my pain 1-10 periodically and at one point I said 9. She rushed up to give me some entenox....but I was actually just telling hubbie what the missing number was on his sudoku because he was stuck.

Come on ladies, what memory of childbirth makes you chuckle.

TaliZorahVasNormandy Sat 10-Jan-15 22:27:52

My friend coming in to see me and DD at hospital and promptly bursting into tears. I still tease her about that 7 years later.

The green and orange puke because of gas and air, that was weird yet so fascinating.

HangingInAGruffaloStance Sat 10-Jan-15 20:22:39

Not my own, but...

A (nice) male colleague told me that he was holding his labouring wife's hand with one hand, distractedly massaging her cramping calf with the other. Wife went "when are you going to do something about my leg!?". He then realised he was actually massaging the breast of the rabbit in headlights student midwife.

Apparently student midwife didn't like to embarrass him.

harrowgreen Sat 10-Jan-15 20:06:44

Another two from #3.

Baby had somehow got herself onto a nerve, so my right leg was in utter agony: could hardly move. Anyway, I needed the toilet so was in there trying to go (a #2 which was ironic considering how constipated I'd been during pregnancy...), but I couldn't sit down properly due to the nerve pain, and was contracting every two minutes. So basically in the 45secs between contractions I had to grit my teeth, sit down properly (which was so much more painful than it sounds: I had never realised how dreadful nerve pain really was...) and try to go. Then the next contraction hit and I couldn't do anything until it had passed.

And about half-way through DH woke up, walked to the toilet door and on hearing I was 'doing a poo', starting bricking himself that it was actually the baby and I was about to give birth into the toilet (I wish - still had 8hrs of fun left...). Only just managed to stop him ringing for the midwife.

Also - #3 was born Christmas Day. Midwife had never delivered a baby on Christmas Day so physically pushed the consultant out of the way in order to catch DD2 smile

Utterly awful at the time but quite funny in retrospect.

ISolemnlySwearImUptoNoGood Sat 10-Jan-15 12:22:43

First - my waters being broken by the hitler midwife who told me I didn't know what real pain was despite having been awake for 50 hours at that point with a back to back baby! They went so forcefully they sprayed up her face grin
Second - having a shot of pethidine, closing my eyes for 5 mins when in RL it was an hour and a half later and telling my OH off for daring to go to the loo despite him apparently asking me if it was ok and me telling him it was fine!
Third - it was fairly quick (3 hours) no time for pain relief, I begged, the mw said no and then as soon as DD was out, mw lifted her up and she peed all over her shoes!
Fourth - husband wearing the sick bowl as a hat...having a puff of gas and air only to fall over giggling like a school girl...and everyone falling silent to wait for me to scream "fuck off!" at the Peak of every contraction then resume the conversation when I stopped as if nothing had happened!

jaffajiffy Sat 10-Jan-15 12:03:04

What a great thread! Here's my contribution. After 26h of labour at home and in the birthing centre and having "failed to progress", I was transferred to the labour ward, whereupon I started shouting statistics I had downloaded and memorised for that very hospital about medical interventions. I said, "I'm not waiting for you to cut me, shove forceps up me and then resort to an emergency c section. I want to cut straight to the c section now and get this over with".
(Male) registrar: "you've only been in labour 6 hours"
Me: I'm not listening to a man about labour. I've been in labour since Wednesday evening and it's now Friday.
Him: I'd like to try an induction drug for four hours and see if we can get going.
Me: you've got two.
Two hours later when I'd complained enough he wearily brought in a female colleague who took pity on me and agreed he should do the c section. Even then I had the gall to say, "right, it's 2.30am. Are you feeling up to this? Not too tired?" Er, yes, Jaffa, it's my job. DH was just v quiet hoping the embarrassment would be over v soon. DS was born 20 mins later in a really chilled c section.
Now 5w pg with dc2 and will be planning a home birth.

bumbumbee Fri 02-Jan-15 18:42:03

I love this thread I've read it all over the last two days, my funny bits are;
With DD, I just finished a contraction and mw left the room, DH said can I try the g&a so I gave it to him just as another contraction started, I tried to take it back but just smacked him in the face with the mouthpiece giving him a nice fat lip.
With DS, we arrived at hospital and DH said should I get a wheelchair, I said no thanks, I'd like to walk before I lose all my dignity. Suddenly I'm on the floor crawling around in the foyer saying, I don't give a f* who see's me I'm having a contraction!
10 minutes later DH was helping me get changed and on to the bed while mw leisurely asks questions and fills in forms, asks if I want gas and air which I did so she goes off for ages to get it, I'm sucking on the mouthpiece saying it's not working like it did last time and she said that is because you are close to having your baby, let's do an internal, she looks panicked says you're 10 cm and the trolley isn't ready, runs out the door shouting for help while I'm asking DH should I push? (like he'd know) thankfully not much happened because I needed an episiotomy but I was there less than an hour before he was born and I was all stitched up smile

harrowgreen Wed 31-Dec-14 12:48:39

End of a very long induction for #3.

Doctor had decided to take a sample from baby's head to check oxygen levels. I was 6cm at this point. They put my feet up in stirrups and she went in with all her bits of metal and was rummaging around. Suddenly I have to push (so 6-10cm in a matter of minutes), and I start screaming at her to 'get out of me, because the baby is coming now'. She told me to hang on a minute, at which I screamed again that she was in the way of the baby, I was DONE being in labour, and that I was going to push whether she wanted me to or not. She then obligingly got out of my vagina and let the baby be bornsmile

queenofthepirates Sun 30-Nov-14 23:23:53

I had a really long labour with DD and probably a poor choice of birthing partner in my mother. She managed to drop a cannister of gas and air on my foot mid contraction which I only clocked afterwards when I found a mysteriously swollen, blue foot post labour and she confessed.

I had opted for a home birth and had a pool ready. The only thing was we'd never actually filled it with hot water and our tank didn't have anything like enough water to do the job. Cue birthing partner and mum running across the road to get the neighbours to put their kettles on to fill the pool and lots of sniggers from the MW.

TooMuchCantBreathe Thu 27-Nov-14 22:09:08

The first time it happened wasn't so funny, the second time was amusing - now, with hindsight it makes me giggle!

Dd 1; after a couple of hours "I can't take it, I have to come in" "no dear (complete with implied pat on the head) take some paracetamol and we'll see you tomorrow" 1 hr later we were there "I really need pain relief" "look we'll bring you in and take a look but we're busy so you'll have to wait" 30 minutes later "dp buzz them, I need to push" mw arrives, sighs, rolls eyes, tutts. Lifts sheet, turns puce, yells "press the red button" and catches dd (and most of the waters grin)

Dd2; ^^ exactly the same only much quicker, right down to the "press the red button" screech! grin grin

You'd think they'd give me some credit seeing as it was my second and my notes said PRECIPITATE all over them in red! The look on their face still tickles me now, many years later. In fact I meet the assisting mw a few years ago (I work there niw). She actually remembered me, apparently mw1 was known as a bit of a dragon and it had pleased everyone when she emerged dripping and somewhat embarrassed!

cherubimandseraphim Thu 27-Nov-14 01:01:53

The midwives had quite a chortle at the point when I was bellowing at the top of my voice: "THIS IS NOTHING LIKE THE FUCKING HYPNOBIRTHING VIDEOS" (I, however, was not finding things quite so amusing....)

tahunny Thu 27-Nov-14 00:52:25

Proper laughing at some of these. After being induced for baby 3 at 9am, contractions started mildly around the 3pm mark. Coming strong and fast by midnight. Down to delivery to be told only 3cm. 3fuckin cm ffs. Felt like my insides were escaping apparently through hole size of a pea shooter. Baby came at 5am and dp stayed until 7 where he then announced how tired and exhausted he was after having a baby and was off home for well earned sleep. Me on the other hand was stuck waiting around until 9 to get up to the ward. We sure get the raw deal lmao

HellKitty Fri 21-Nov-14 06:25:29

#1 I was having extremely bad contractions and the MWs decided to put me in the birthing pool. I had to walk past a group of rosy faced expectant mums who were being shown around the health centre. I was screaming GET OUT OF MY FUCKING WAY like a mad woman. I think about half of them started panicking that second about their labours.

DC3 XH was at home (he's have been next to useless anyway) so it was just me and the MW. She asked if a student doctor could attend as it was his first birth. He sat all evening telling me how amazing and brave I was through teary eyes. He kept on and on. When he nipped out to the loo I begged the MW to tell him to shut the fuck up. She laughed.

MummyPidge Fri 21-Nov-14 06:02:44

Just sat and cackled at a lot of your stories, and as my first post I would like to add my own! Baby was struggling due to meconium causing lack of oxygen for her, and causing my blood pressure to bottom out therefore I was rushed in for an emergency C by a massively panicked team (who went in the wrong entrance to the delivery suite, so I was trapped on the bed with a screaming consultant and anaesthetist who was trying to top up my epidural!) they laid me flat which caused me to puke everywhere, I then almost fell of the table! Anyway, they had propped my head up causing massive pain in my neck, I then started trying to bribe the anaesthetist to give me an epidural in my neck because of the pain, offering money and kisses blush as a reward! Occasionally shouting am I dying, it feels like I'm dying (which, to be fair I was confused, talk about gallows humour!) then asked my best mate the anaesthetist to put in a good word to get me my own room as I didn't want to be without my partner. Then when they told us it was a girl I asked them to check about 4 times as I was sure it was a boy and they had got it wrong! I must have said more (but can't remember for obvious reasons!) as one of the midwives came up to me and said that it was the funniest time she had ever had in c-section! Good to know someone was having fun haha

BendyMum15 Wed 08-Oct-14 03:09:01

During my second labour MWs asked if had any names lined up for baby girl.
DH: We have a list but waiting to choose. We like to see the face (why he chose this way of saying we want to see what she looks like first I'll never know!)
Student MW (with a totally straight face): Cedarface, that's intetesting.
Me: No, he means we haven't decided yet because we want to see what she looks like.

Later the student MW gave us a card thanking us for letting her deliver the baby and as we hadn't settled on the name it was written out to BendyMum, BendyDad and Cedarface!

jellybelly701 Tue 30-Sep-14 10:41:42

When I was 37+6 I told DP that if he didn't get up in the morning for work (annoying alarms) I would tell him my waters had broken. At 4am they actually did break and he didn't believe me until I stood up and almost flooded our bedroom. I waddled straight to the shower with a mirror to erm, de-bush whilst he cleaned the kitchen.

On the day assessment ward and the midwife told me that I was not in bad pain, I almost punched her.

Absolutely off my tits on G&A I was floating around the in the BP, sleeping in between contractions. I hadn't spoke for a good twenty minutes when all of a sudden I lift my head up and say '' oh its just like NCIS you know when Gibbs zzzzzzzzzzzzz''

Whilst pushing DP called me a good girl after a mammoth push, I spent the next five minutes repeating 'jellies a good girl'

During the last ten minutes of pushing I was completely silent before screaming 'it burns' and returning to silence.

As soon as DS was born I asked the midwife if I had done a poo, she said no and I told DP to pay up the five pounds he owes me because I won the bet.

I was just handing the MW back my G&A tube when she told me she was going to put her finger in my bum. I grabbed the tube back and carried on chugging.

LittleMissRayofHope Tue 16-Sep-14 21:54:32

Just realised as well. My DH very nearly missed DS being born. We had been in all night on maternity ward contracting and he went out to get us coffees and pastries as it didn't seem to be happening. He literally walked back into the ward to see me being hauled into a wheelchair and rushed to delivery suite.
They ran me through the hospital, into delivery, delivered baby and our coffees were still warm
We found this surprisingly funny!

LittleMissRayofHope Tue 16-Sep-14 05:33:32

From DD - had diamorphine to speed things along and try to sleep abit (after 50 hours contracting at home to only 3cm!!) and was using G&A with contractions. Started reciting Spider-Man (the film) in great detail to my husband!! And apparently I was Spider-Man in the story!

DS - again, diamorphine and G&A. Decided I was the star from twinkle twinkle. Lay there singing the tune and 'shining' at everyone (no idea but I was certain I was shiny).

Also, crazy thing to have happened:
My midwife who delivered DD also delivered DS!!
She was a 3rd yr student when dd was born and I just loved her. And when we went in to have DS she was a fully qualified midwife - didn't recognise us but that's hardly surprising! But I was just like 'oh my god! You delivered my daughter!!
Maybe not funny but definitely cool!

Roobix04 Sun 17-Aug-14 18:09:26

Pmsl at some of these!
My dd was born in April and when she was put on my stomach right after the birth the first thing I said was "She looks like an angry gnome!" bless her heart lol.
Also when my mum was in labour with her dd3 (my little sister) the midwives were watching Supermarket Sweep in her room. So Dale Winton was probably the first thing my sister saw!

awsomer Fri 15-Aug-14 00:03:41

I love this thread. I've just read it all in one go.
It's funny to think of how old everyone's babies are now, it was years ago when this thread was started and long may it continue!

mrspremise Tue 12-Aug-14 22:36:27

When a dozen workmen in bright orange high-vis jackets walked past the window just as a contraction came to an end blush

Teddybeau1988 Tue 12-Aug-14 09:03:39

With DS we got 'evicted' off the antinatal ward during an induction. After 12hours of strong contractions back to back, it got to 4am and the screaming and swearing got too much for the other ladies on the ward. Despite being 0cms and not even in labour, they bundled me up in a blanket and sent us across to delivery. Poor DH apologised to everyone on his way out, and turning to the lady who was opposite is said ' that's not going to do your blood pressure any good is it?'

Looking back it was quite funny

PedantMarina Fri 08-Aug-14 15:09:52

After the docs sewed up my c-section, I piped up with "does everybody know where their watches are?"

I'd like to say it was the drugs talking, but the truth is I have a sick sense of humour. and was probably channeling House

ToriaPumpkin Fri 08-Aug-14 14:57:00

I've come back to this thread now DC2 has been born.

This was my second induction and it didn't go entirely to plan - too fast, too slow, not responding to drugs etc etc.

After 8 hours they decided to break my waters as the morphine I'd begged for combined with the drug they gave me to slow my hyper-contracting had led to everything slowing down enough that I could hold conversations. In walks a lovely Nigerian registrar who makes a joke about not being able to swim. In my drug induced haze I told him how funny, I've a friend from Lagos and he can't swim either! Fortunately lovely Dr was lovely and didn't get offended.

I did enjoy the moment DH walked into the room having been called in at 5am and asked me 'how are you?' upon getting no response as I was busy with the entonox he asked 'is it sore?'

I insisted that every time I stopped pushing I could feel the baby going all the way back up.

As I hit transistion like a train DH and the MW were having a nice chat about a mutual friend. I just about managed to splutter out 'I really think the baby's coming now' before my 16min second stage began in earnest.

CallieG Wed 25-Jun-14 11:10:35

During my 2nd child's birth the midwife said she saw the head crowning, and told me to push really hard on my next contraction, well my daughters head was not crowning she was hung up on the umbilical cord like a sling , it was not around her neck it came up from her belly in front of one shoulder, went over the back of her neck and then down under her armpit , not aware of this I pushed really Really hard, the baby came as far as possible then stopped but the bag of waters got pushed past her, I have one more mighty heave and the bag of waters EXPLODED shock all over the midwife, the nurse and the wall behind them, my husband gasped in horror, the nurse just stood there with all this muck dripping off her confused and the midwife, a veteran trooper, she dove in unhooked the baby and delivered the shoulders, I was heaving, pushing and laughing so much I actually did shit myself. blush

Flowerfae Mon 09-Jun-14 22:39:16

Just finished reading all of these.. they are brilliant smile

DS1... I can't really remember anything apart from the midwives thought he was stuck so went to prepare for forceps, the minute they had walked across the room he shot out across the bed. I remember looking down and thinking 'oh my god... there's a baby there... where did that come from?'

DD... I had asked for an epidural and the anaesthetist and midwife were trying to do it (it was unsuccessful in the end due to my weird back) but I could hear them talking and one of them said '... its actually the first time i've done one of these' I said to DH (I thought i had whispered but apparently not) 'omg.... which one said that?' ( I later felt awful because it sounded really rude). Luckily it was the midwife who said it... not the anaesthetist..... DH said anaesthetist was chuckling... midwife wasn't (think she had her sense of humour surgically removed actually) ... Oh and as soon as I had DD... she stuck a dish under my face with the placenta in and said 'want to have a look?' I threw up smile

DS2 ... midwife suggested I use a birthing ball... as I hadn't used one before... I sat down on it and it flew out from between my legs and I ended up falling backwards onto the floor... DH couldn't help me up straight away because he was laughing too much (git also sat eating a chip butty..... I did managed to steal a few when the midwife went out of the room though).

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