7 Crazy Labor Stories That May Make You Rethink Getting Pregnant

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labor and deliveryIn honor of Labor Day, we thought we're bringing you crazy labor stories. Labor stories that just might make you rethink having that baby.


Kind of.

Here are 7 crazy labor stories from our staff writers. Seriously, some of these ladies deserve a medal for what they've been through!

My Husband Almost Passed Out! -- Jeanne

When I decided to get an epidural, the anesthesiologist asked my husband to help me hold still (not easy when you're contracting!). He took one look at the needle and almost passed out. I had to tell him to buck up, this is going into MY spine, not yours! Sheesh.

My Mother Made My Labor & Delivery Hell -- Jacque

When I went into labor with Julian, my 4-year-old, Charlotte, was at school. So the plan was for Eugene (their dad) to pick up Charlotte and wait for my mom to show up, then he would meet me at the hospital. So I’m waiting, and he’s not showing up. Then he calls to tell me that Charlotte is screaming and crying because I’m at the hospital and she wants to come see me and my mother is just making the whole thing worse, saying, “Okay, of course we’ll go see Mommy.”

Finally he shows up ... but THEN a little while later one of the nurses comes into the room with this look on her face and says, “Um, your mother and daughter were just here.” And I start to freak out, and she’s like, “Don’t worry. I made them leave. Your mother thought they could just SIT IN THE WAITING ROOM until the baby was born. She didn’t seem to understand that you wouldn’t be ready to jump up and play with your daughter right away.”

Eugene and I were literally bitching about my mom while I was getting an epidural.

My Cervix Was "In Alaska" -- Jane*

So I was induced, right? First, there was the hunt for my cervix early on in the process ... these silly overnight physicians’ assistants couldn’t find it (seriously) when they were trying to give me some sort of balloon catheter type of thing before the Pitocin. It hurt more than labor -- it was horrid. The baby’s head was in the way so it was really far up and over. My doctor later talked about "my cervix being in Alaska."

It was ... uncomfortable to say the least.

And then at the end, they couldn’t get the placenta to come out. More reaching and yanking and ... I’ll stop there.

My Husband and I Got Gussied -- Catherine

My husband and I both "freshened up" before our daughter's arrival so we’d be ready for her first meeting. He was especially cute ... he changed his shirt into a nicer one!

I Did Something Super Embarrassing -- Mary

A couple funny things happened to me ... including crying like a baby and having the nurse yell at me after I told her I thought I'd peed on myself (it was amniotic fluid), and also farting uncontrollably in front of the super-hot anesthesiologist after he gave me the epidural. Mortifying ... but there was nothing I could do to control it!

I Almost Gave Birth in the Car! -- Cynthia

Not like I delivered on a bus or anything and not terribly dramatic. But. For my daughter, second child. When I called my doctor ON MY DUE DATE to say I was in labor, she said to hang out at home for a while, that it might not be. Not that I already went through excruciating labor the first time around for 21 hours and would know or anything. So when the contractions started coming, I went to the hospital, thank god, because I almost did deliver in the car had I waited much more. When I got there they called my doctor, and she didn’t even make it. They asked me to "hold on," "don’t push yet" while they had to pull some random other MAN doctor from another room delivering another woman’s baby to basically come in and catch mine as she popped out because that’s the rule or something, that a doctor had to deliver the baby. He was like HI! I’m so and so. Let me grab this baby from your vagina. Here you go. Kthanksbye. And he left and I never saw him again.

Oops! My Doctor Broke My Water by Accident -- Sheri

My doctor accidentally broke my water at my 38-week appointment. But long story short and an induced baby later, it turns out it wasn't even broken. It was just a bubble on the bag.

By the way, once I was fully dilated (via Pitocin) and pushing, the nurse was all, "Wow, your water bags are still in tact. Not broken at all. No wonder you're in so much pain." Always a nice touch.

They Gave Me the Wrong Baby! -- Julie

Julie pretty much has the craziest story of all (not diminishing any ones else's, but it's true!). Poor Julie was brought the wrong baby after she delivered her lovely baby girl. Here's a snippet of her insane tale:

Exhausted, sore, and drugged, I'm taken to recovery, and then after a few hours, I'm moved to my "real" room, where I wait for them to bring my daughter to me. I wait and wait for what seems like forever, and finally I see the nurse wheeling in a little bassinet.

I'm so excited to look at, study, and hold her, to examine every inch of this beautiful girl that I've carried for the past 10 months. Tears well up in my eyes, and then the nurse says ...

"Here he is!"


Surely she misspoke. I've had too many drugs.

"What did you say?" I ask, as I look over that bassinet that sports an "I'm a boy" card.

I'm too stunned to react beyond sputtering, "I had a girl; that's not my baby. Where is my baby?!" And then those tears of joy turn to terror and rage. The nurse gets flustered and leaves with this boy.

Told you. Insane. But don't worry, eventually her sweet baby girl made her way into her mama's arms.

Do YOU have a crazy labor story?


Image via koadmunkee/Flickr

*Name has been changed to protect the innocent!

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cassi... cassie_kellison

My only craziness was that with my first son I was induced, so with my second I was nervous that I wouldn't know the difference between a real contraction and a braxton hicks. So it was 6 pm and im reading my little mommy/baby handbook trying to decide if its real or not since it didnt really hurt and it went away when I walk. Well finally at 9 my mom said get your butt to the hospital. So in I go and they said yes its real labor but you're not ready, go walk around the hospital a little and let see if the contractions get bigger, but first let me check you and *pop* goes the water. I was in the hospital a total of 2 hours and 46 minutes before my little man was here.

Mary Cimino

I was rushed to the hospital to have my daughter because at 32 weeks my water broke and her umbilical cord was almost off in the womb. After a trial labor that I demanded they decided to take her c-section except she didn't make it to the operating room, I had her in a hallway just outside of the elevator, the anesthesiologist delivered her while the doctor was washing up for surgery! I wasn't 10 feet from surgery when I had her.  Luckily she was the rare "Healthy Premie" that required next to nothing when it came to her care. She was eating and breathing on her own from the start.

AniAngel AniAngel

Second baby, at home with a midwife. My midwife was sure that I was going to have the baby a couple of weeks early and had planned a last minute vacation, then I just stayed three centimeters dilated for three weeks. The morning before she was leaving I had a checkup and she declared that the baby would just have to stay in a few more days. 11:30 that night I went into labor, when my husband called her she thought he was kidding (he is a kidder) she really didn't believe him until she heard me scream in the background. She had unpacked all her supplies from the car... Fortunately she made it in time for a 3:11 am delivery, and she made her flight the next morning.

Katy Khan

Aside from the switched-at-birth story...these aren't that off the wall. MY story isn't "crazy" but it's a bitch...don't feel like explaining it though :P

nonmember avatar Michelle

Julie...where on earth do you live? My baby was darn near tethered to me in the hospical from the minute she was born. How did your baby even leave your sight for a SECOND?!!?

DebaLa DebaLa

Any way you break it down: Labor Day = beginning of the end of fun, longer days, sunlight, jackets and coats.

That said, I labored in the dead of winter over New years weekend during record rains, and my OBGYN interrupted his Xmas vacation to come to the hospital to LABOR with me. UNheard of. Then and now. 11 family members, hubs and friends fill the L&D room, helping and laughing. That "party" was a thrill and a perfect memory; not at all LABORious. My daughter was surrounded by love in the most sterile and serious of places.

Kendra S Daniels

I was pregnant with my 3rd (my boyfriend's 2nd)and scheduled to be induced in a few hours when labor began. I thought I had time to hang out at home and sleep. The next thing I knew I was in the transition phase- nauseous, chills, PAIN. I woke my boyfriend up and told him it was time to go. HE GOT IN THE SHOWER. I packed up the car with nonstop contractions- swearing loudly the whole time, I probably woke the neighbors. The hospital was only a couple minutes away. I delivered 9 minutes after arriving at the hospital and that is only because I had to hold off from pushing. The doc arrived, broke my water, I pushed twice during one contraction and she was out! We almost had an at home birth!

puggy... puggylove10

My second baby came pretty quickly. From my water breaking at home to getting to the hospital to delivering her in about 40-45 minutes.

It became a hell experience when the CNM manually removed the blood clots. Has to be the MOST excruciating pain in my life!!! Took me 2 months to realize what she did, I guess I blocked it out. I had to ask dh what she did. Oh well, glad he's snipped bc I'm definitely not going through it again

Sirena Robinson

I had to be induced at 36 weeks because I had a slow leak that had caused ALL my amnioti fluid to drain out over the course of 5 days. I'd told a fill in doctor I was leaking, who assured me it was normal. The next week, when my regular OB was back from her mother's funeral, she checked me, freaked, and rushed me for an emergency induction. The doctor who came on call at 7am came to check me, declared that I wasn't progressing and told the nurse to prep me for a Csection. Even though I didn't want one, even though the baby was in NO distress, and even though I was handling labor just fine. Thankfully the nurse called my regular doc, who came back in, even though she'd been in surgery all night and hadn't even made it home, who sat in my room for NINE hours just to make sure the on call doc didn't come back in and try to push a medically unnecessary Csection. 27 hours after I was admitted, I delivered a perfectly healthy 7lb baby girl.

mnm3boys mnm3boys

I'm wondering if Julie had her baby on a holiday I know with my first born son not only was I in labor for 36 hours he was also born on Thanksgiving which means the hospital was packed with newborns and there was a shortage of rooms.  He was born just after 6pm and taken into the nursery while I was left in the birthing room until midnight before a postpartum room was available, yep I was separated from my newborn baby for 6 hours.  Luckily there wasn't a mix up but I can see how it can happen.  At least she realized the mistake before she took the baby home.  

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