Something has been irritating the split pea soup out of me for years and it’s come up in various TV shows over the last few weeks and gotten me all fired up again. It aggravates me to no end when a pregnant TV or movie character’s water breaks and then they are wailing and the baby is halfway out 5 minutes later and some idiot is yelling “Push!” If that’s how it worked, Tink might not be an only child.
For those of you who have not experienced the
horror joy of childbirth first hand either by choice or because God wired you differently (perhaps with a penis instead of a vagina), the only thing your water breaking actually means is that it is time to go to the hospital. It would be fair to compare the womb to a condemned building at this point and it is the doctor’s job to make sure everyone clears out within the 24 hour time limit.
In my personal experience, my water broke sometime early in the morning but I really didn’t know it. (Tink may be a teensy teen but she was a mighty big newborn) I didn’t get to the hospital until 4:00 pm and I still wasn’t in labor. They had to induce me and Tink made her debut at 2:00 am nearly 10 hours later. My friend Rita just gave birth to her third (yes, that was not a typo her THIRD) child. Her water broke and she thought, “Yea! I’ll pop this baby out in an hour or so.” No siree, that is not how it turned out. Normally your third child comes rather quickly especially when she comes barely 2 years after her big brother, but Rita was in labor for 9 hours before her petite little angel flew into the world.
So there you go. Two examples of water breaking and babies taking their sweet time to get their first glimpse of the world. So why on earth do all these shows (just recently on NCIS for example) have a pregnant woman’s water breaking and within moments you hear, “The baby’s coming! The baby’s coming! I see the head!!” No you don’t see a baby’s head you see a short time limit in which to fit your story! I guess there wouldn’t be a lot of drama involved in a story that went something like: “Oh dear, I think my water broke.” Hubby or strange man the pregnant woman just met who will now deliver fatherless baby and become his male role model “Oh no! What do we do?” Future Mom, “Oh let’s just scoot on over to the hospital, maybe stop and have a sandwich along the way and by tomorrow morning we’ll probably have a baby!” If that were the case, the strange man might not get roped into staying and becoming a part of the story’s plot and he and might say, “Oh, um in that case I’ll just drop you off at the ER ok? I have a . . . a . . . root canal scheduled for today.”
I guess this is why doctor’s don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy, Federal Agents don’t watch NCIS and medical examiners don’t watch CSI. TV producers may know drama, but they don’t know nothin’ about birthin’ no babies!