Most film and TV shows depicting labor show it as a hectic, stressful process that usually involves a woman screaming at a man that he will never be touching her again. There are a lot of ways to give birth that are nothing like that at all, of course, but there is some kernel of truth in this horrible stereotype: when you’re pushing a baby out of your body, that’s kind of all you can think about. That might be why people are looking at this video of a husband trying to distract his wife while she’s in labor and losing their damn minds.
This man made a series of flashcards with motivational messages on them, and we can see him flipping through one by one, very calmly, as she brings life onto the planet. It’s a baffling display:
"You are my best friend, soulmate, and in just a few pushes, you’ll be the most amazing mother our daughter could ever ask for."— ABC News (@ABC) September 20, 2019
Husband of the year surprises pregnant wife with book of motivational messages to encourage her during two-day labor. https://t.co/T60ZKCEc7J pic.twitter.com/I3Q0bfzXy4
Some of the cards are sweet and supportive, expressing love for his wife. Others are… maybe a bit condescending. There’s the one that says, “Breathe (like we’ve been practicing),” and another that says, “I’d do it all over again to know the indescribable happiness I know today.” Yeah, obviously you would do, all you had to do was have sex. She’s doing all the work!
People were sounding off about the video on Twitter, saying that if their husband showed up with cards like these to the delivery room he’d get pushed out the window into the parking lot:
I barely managed enough oxygen to scream “FUCK OFF YOU WANKER I KNOW HOW TO BREATH” to my husband who suggested I breath better during the birth of Ashley. I put him out the room and dealt with it myself - which am good at doing https://t.co/WRA71jv9cT— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) September 20, 2019
Imagine if a woman did this while a man did something VAGUELY comparable, like "having the shits", or "puking his guts out with e coli." READ THE ROOM. https://t.co/kvvEh2L4Q0— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) September 20, 2019
He could have cleaned the whole house in the time he took to think about and make these...— LizzyF101 (@lizzyf101) September 20, 2019
I mean, isn’t she going through enough? Why does she now have to read endless cue cards.— Claudia Black (@TheClaudiaBlack) September 20, 2019
Exactly. SM has engendered a bizarre, nationwide competition to be "noticed."— Doug Lambert (@DougLambert20) September 20, 2019
I’ve had 4 children. This self-absorbed man would be a mass of paper cuts. And that wouldn’t even get us to hard labor.— Lisa Suhay (@NiceChess757) September 21, 2019
Husband of the year....my husband went and got me a crunchie when I was in labour and to me this is highly preferably. This would have sent me in to a rage. You breath mate https://t.co/aslSE9GC8G— Jess Phillips Esq., M.P. (@jessphillips) September 20, 2019
People are mocking this but I think it’s nice for dads to volunteer to get their noses broken midway through labour.— Tom Peck (@tompeck) September 20, 2019
That way mother and father can climb the pain relief ladder together. https://t.co/j4bmp5Ayn0
And the house was probably a mess when she got home because he’d been busy writing and printing motivational rubbish.— Paula Simps JC4PM2019???? (@plsimps) September 20, 2019
Oh yes, the woman had apparently been in labor for two days by the time this happened. Maybe she’s not enjoying this flashcard show, she’s just too weak to leap from the bed and strangle him. You breath, mate!