Even if the name Jim Gaffigan doesn't ring a bell, chances are you know who this funny man is. He's been in lots of movies -- Super Troopers, Away We Go -- and TV shows -- My Boys, Law & Order, That '70s Show. Plus, he does stand-up and has been a talking head on those VH1 shows many times. He was recently on Late Night With David Letterman talking about home births. He's kind of an expert. His wife Jeannie had all four of their children at home. Yep, four times!
I love Gaffigan's deadpan take on it, telling Letterman that his wife wanted to make him as terrified as possible when asked why they chose home birth. He even jokes how it's a topic no one really wants to talk about and how his friends have told him that they had their babies in the hospital because they wanted the baby to live.
Of course, it's all for laughs. Let's roll the videotape ....
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It's great how he joked how they had a midwife because they believe in witchcraft. And then how there was so much screaming that he actually woke up ... it was like someone scored a touchdown or something. I also love how Dave is sort of uncomfortably laughing along the way. Oh Dave! But the topic of home birth on a widely watched TV show without all the seriousness and stuffy talk ... I think this is a total win for people to see home birth as natural and safe and beautiful and something to smile about. Even laugh about -- coming from a dad who has been there four times.
Gaffigan might be one of my new favorite "natural" parents. His newest comedy routine Mr. Universe, which you can get on Netflix, goes more into his home birthing experiences and also jokes about co-sleeping and breastfeeding. A must-see!
What do you think about Gaffigan's impressive home birthed family and his ability to joke about it?