Labour is INTENSE. I have done it twice and now my womb is closed for business. I have never experienced a more high-pressure, anxiety-ridden moment than the deliver suite. That whole experience as a women is full on, fabulous but FULL ON!
For many couples, it definitely pays to be organised in the delivery room and part of this organisation requires your partner to do EXACTLY what you tell them. No deviation, no improvising, just EXACTLY what you say. For Monty, the preparation part came in the form of snacks, and the instruction part was letting her partner Sam know to keep his trap shut during her contractions. No talking and DEFINITELY none of that nervous heavy breathing. For me, it was a husband who remained calm and stifled his cries as I almost broke every bone in his hand.
It can be tough on a partner watching their lady-love go through one of the most painful (but magical) experiences of her life…and this can often result in some
stupid not-so-great decisions.
Take actor Ryan Reynolds for example. During an interview on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ryan revealed his biggest labour-room error while his wife, actress Blake Lively, was giving birth to their daughter James.
“I jammed out a little Marvin Gaye’s ‘Lets Get It On.’ It was like steak knives came out of her eyes.” Blake’s response? “Are you f***ing s****ing me right now?”
Watch Ryan’s hilarious account of that moment and his VERY wise post-birth advice:
The moral of the story ladies and gents is DO WHATEVER SHE SAYS. ANYTHING. And above all, if you’re going to take music into the delivery suite, re-think your soundtrack. Giving birth might be one of the most incredible moments you’ll go through as a couple, but a song suggesting you ‘get it on’ while her cervix is stretching open and a baby is passing through it might not be the best option.
Take it from Deadpool himself…