They may have meant well, but…
Pushing a watermelon-sized human out of your hoo-ha is one of the most nerve-wracking things a woman can do in her life. And that’s exactly why most baby daddies probably need some kind of coaching on how to not make us want to punch them during those grueling hours. Maybe it’s not their fault—after all, they are trying to be a supportive. But a lot of the time, they unintentionally take actions that are so. Not. Helpful. Here, 10 women share the crazy annoying things their partners did while they were in labor.
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“While I was in labor with our first child, Steven watched an entire season of One Tree Hill. When I was in labor with our twins for over 24 hours, he kept going to get food and brought it right back to the room to eat in front of me. And when I was ready to deliver the twins, he was afraid to move to my side so stayed right next to my head; when I started leaning up to push, his head was in the way, and we kept head-butting each other.” —Jenna G.
“My partner is usually a ‘husband of the year’ type of guy, but he fell short when I was in labor with our daughter. After 47 hours, he told me he was really tired and said that I probably wasn’t because I got sleep between contractions. Yeah. Right. Obviously, this didn’t go over well with me!” —Stacey H.
“I had to have a last minute C-section, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was actually having a panic attack—it was my first one ever. I told the technician that I was absolutely terrified, but he said I was fine and went back to whatever he was doing. My then-husband—we’re not together anymore—kept trying to watch the doctor perform the surgery, so the doctor invited him to the other side of the curtain to watch. And he actually left! I begged him not to leave my side because I felt like I was dying. I lived, obviously, but I needed him to be there for me and he wasn’t. I eventually forgive him.” —Monique P.
“Not long before I was ready to have the baby, my husband wanted to run across the street to a bar to have a burger. He said he was starving and that he wouldn’t be able to eat after the baby came, though I don’t know why he thought that. I told him he didn’t have enough time, but he insisted. Well, he almost missed the birth because it took him about 40 minutes to get his food, eat it, and get back into the room. I could have killed him.” —Kristen K.
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“After my water broke, I held out for as long as I could before going to the hospital. When my cursing became too frequent, my husband decided we should go because he didn’t want the neighbors to think that he was beating me up me all day. But they all knew I was pregnant! When we were on the way, after 12 hours of labor, he told me to ‘stop squirming’ in the car because other people were ‘looking at us weird.’ Seriously?” —Ronjini J.
“As I was lying in the delivery room giving birth to our first child about a month before my due date, waiting for the rest of the action to start, my husband decided to head to Best Buy to buy a video camera so he could tape our son’s birth. I’ll never forget his last words before leaving the room: ‘Don’t do anything until I get back!'” —Kathie G.
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“After 30 hours of labor with my first child, my husband was trying to be helpful by cooling off my face with a washcloth. But when he placed the damp, gross cloth on my open eyeballs, I ripped it from his hand and threw it across the room. The sound of the wash cloth hitting the wall was way more soothing than him putting the thing on my face!” —Jessica D.
“My now-ex-husband freaked out when I told him it was time to go to the hospital. He bolted to the living room and said, ‘I can’t! I have to work tomorrow.’ He pulled out his briefcase, took out a file, and said, ‘See! This is the case! I really do have to be in trial tomorrow at 9:30!’ And with that, my patience ended. As he turned his back to me and bent down to put the file back, I gave him a swift kick to the butt, which knocked him off of his feet. I sensed that I finally had his complete attention, so I said, ‘We are having a baby now! So, get up and drive!’ And he did.” —Bonnie R.
“While we were at the hospital, my husband said he was going to go park the car in the long-term hospital parking lot. I told him it wasn’t necessary because we were parked in the space for labor and delivery patients. When he came back from ‘moving the car,’ he didn’t tell me that he had also gone to a fast food drive-thru across the street. Our daughter was born a couple of hours later. The next morning, my father-in-law dropped off breakfast for us at the hospital and said that we were probably hungry since my husband hadn’t eaten since his sandwich last night. I said, ‘What sandwich was that?’ Then, he finally admitted to getting a cheeseburger while I was in labor. I was beyond annoyed.” —Jeannie H.
“While I was giving birth, the doctor and my husband were so interested in the Wimbledon tennis tournament on TV that they forgot to tell me to push when I was having a contraction. Since I had an epidural, I couldn’t tell when it was time to do it.” —Vicki G.
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