Woman Gives Birth In Barnes & Noble And I’m Always A Little Envious Of These Stories

shutterstock_97743626__1382284420_142.196.156.251Is it crazy that I’m secretly a little envious of these women who just unexpectedly go into labor and pop out children in the weirdest places? It happened again – this time at a Barnes & Noble in California.

Firefighters responded to a call of a woman in labor at the popular bookstore. When they arrived they were trying figure out whether to try to transport her or keep her in the store, when the baby figured it out for them. They delivered a healthy baby boy. ”Occasionally, nature writes the script not us,” said Torrance Fire Department Captain Steve Deuel. Nature never wrote my script. I basically had to evict my children from my womb.

I’d like to start with the disclaimer that I understand this may be very scary for a pregnant woman and obviously not ideal. But the idea of walking into a Barnes & Noble for a book and walking out with a baby sounds so appealing to someone who went two weeks over in both her pregnancies and ended up with c-sections in both as well.

My last pregnancy I spent two weeks doing everything known to man to get the baby out; homeopathic teas, pressure points, chiropractic appointments, long walks, sex, inversion poses – nothing worked. There was so much worrying involved; praying that I wouldn’t end up back in an operating room, trying to feel contractions that weren’t there and willing the universe to make the baby come out of my body. As someone whose body won’t go into labor on its own for some reason, a surprise birth seems awesome. Really awesome.

I wonder how these women feel about their births in retrospect? I wonder if they would have preferred to be anxiously waiting for contractions to start at a hospital? I wouldn’t mind being the woman at the party with the funny birth story. Well, maybe not the party – but the playgroup, anyway.

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  • Cee

    I saw this on the local news and they interviewed the firefighters. They were all so cute and very proud of themselves for being there. They are even trying to contact the new mother to give her some gifts.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Aww. Firefighters are the best.

  • DatNanny

    I totally agree with that bit of envy at women who have these “Whooop, popped out a baby” deliveries.

    Plus, you know, awesome story. My cousin’s wife’s parents still like to tell the story of how she was “Born suddenly! In the night! In a storm! With just the aid of a shoelace and a bowie knife!”

    • AmazingE

      Yeah, i’m always a teensy bit envious of these stories too. It’s just not fair, haha.

  • Rachel

    If I could do it again, I would totally do a B&N birth. I love that place. I’d grab a Starbucks, pop into my favorite section, kick one of those people who hog the sofas ALL DAY off, and get to work.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido


    • disgusted

      Only trailer trash give birth in public. If she had wanted privacy she would have been in a hospital and had a doctor. Cannot understand some of these rough women these days that have no respect for anyone or even care about baby. If people took photos they had every right as no doubt that’s what mum wanted.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      You do understand that no one really knows when they are going to go into labor, right? And that some women have really fast labors and some labor for days?

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  • NYBondLady

    Maria, I am in your shoes exactly. 2 weeks overdue, a very long and hard labor, and a C-section after all was said and done. I want to be the woman who gives birth on the highway.

  • Alex Lee

    One more advantage that brick-and-mortar bookstores have over Amazon. Jeff Bezos must be fuming with jealousy.

    I suppose there weren’t any push-prizes or parting gifts awarded. If so, it could be an interesting trend…

    “sorry, I got some amniotic fluid on that Airbook….its probably not safe to sell anymore…I’ll just take that off your hands, then.”

  • Polyamorous Mom

    i hear you, i always wanted to get to just “go into labor” like the stories, the movies, etc. but al three times, health problems and inductions. On the upside, none of them went past 38 weeks so they were small and not to traumatic to my nether regions

  • kbr

    I dunno…I did have my baby in a hospital, but with less than 4 hours between water breaking and birth. About 2 hours-ish of labor. It was my first baby, and it was terrifying. Well, maybe not terrifying. I was pretty busy at the time. But it was scary and overwhelming and it felt really out of control, and everyone keeps saying that my next baby will come even faster, and that also really scares me. I don’t need to be “in control” but I would like to have my husband and my bag with all of my stuff and also be alone with some peace and quite to do my thing, you know?

    Also, I would totally hate it if there were 20 random strangers “sharing” in the birth of my child without my permission, especially taking pictures and stuff? Creepy.

  • Emil

    Hilarious! I thought I was the only one who felt this way. I know it’s irrational (unsafe etc) but would love to have a story like that.