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Texas Man Films His Wife’s Labor In 95 MPH Car And It’s Beautiful, Natural And Terrifying

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Even though this story has a happy ending, watching this video was very upsetting to me, and I will tell you why after you watch it and then we can all sit together and cuddle on the sofa and discuss it because man, I found it extremely hard to watch. Volume is NSFW, because there is a lot of screaming.


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 Kristin Dickerson of Rosenberg, Texas was due for an induction the morning after this video was filmed, and I’m so happy that her and her adorable baby boy Truett are safe and doing well, but this video totally upsets me. I mean, all’s well that ends well BUT COME ON. Her husband Troy was driving 95 miles per hour down the highway while his wife screamed in pain. I just wanted to like stop the car and hug Kristin and rub her back and give her some ice chips and argh! I don’t know why this upsets me so much, but I think it has to do with how reminds me of my own labors in nice, safe hospitals and how helpless and scared I felt, even though I was on drugs and totally safe and my body was doing what it was supposed to be doing, you know, going through labor. And towards the end when Troy asks Kristen if she wants pants I wanted to scream at my computer, WALKAWAY FROM THE CAR AND STOP FILIMG AND HELP YOUR WIFE! I technically have no reason to be feeling this way, because Kristen isn’t even phased by any of it. According to ABC News:

“I’m thrilled to have the footage,” Kristin told ABC News. “I’m more hesitant to send it to people, because it’s such an intimate moment for us, but as a birth educator, it’s really cool to let people see that our bodies know what to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened to the couple, because according to the article  her husband filmed the births of their first two children, Turner, 4 and Tillman, 2, using the same GoPro camera. I think GoPro should probably pay for little Truett’s college education.

This story has me all sorts of conflicted because I think I would rather have my partner comforting me and reassuring me during labor, you know, rather than filming, but to each their own and I’m sure it will be a very cool thing to show their son one day. I’m just really happy no one filmed any of my labors because – and yes, I know childbirth is a natural, beautiful, awesome thing, I was just a bloody, sobbing, in-pain mess. Plus, my hair looked terrible.

(Image: ABC Video)

65 Comments

  1. Elisabeth TheQueen Smith

    July 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I watched this last night. I think the camera was strapped to his hat. But that was pretty amazing to watch.

    • Eve Vawter

      July 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

      did you get worried at all? I thought it was so harrowing and I am not sure if I am just a big baby or what

    • Elisabeth TheQueen Smith

      July 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

      i understood why she didn’t want to sit down. STanding up would be allowing gravity to help him out. No it sounded like it was happening so fast they didn’t have time to worry

  2. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    July 10, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Holy shit.
    (that is all)

  3. comealongpond

    July 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

    He did what he had to do to get her there. I felt bad for her, too! I am also glad my hospital is only 5 minutes away after watching this….

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

      We were like 25 minutes from the hospital and the entire pregnancy I was paranoid about not getting there in time. We did make it, but it was definitely something I was worried about (on top of everything else).

  4. Spongeworthy

    July 10, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I’m at work and can’t watch the video, so sorry if this is a dumb question, but was the guy driving and filming at the same time?

    ETA I didn’t even want to be filmed on my wedding day, that’s how much I hate being videotaped. So this video probably would make me all sorts of uncomfortable.

    • Alex Lee

      July 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

      GoPro’s are hands-free cameras, just turn them on and let them record. They can be strapped to your chest or head.

      After the delivery you can see him use two hands to take a phone photo.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 10, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Gotcha! Thanks.
      Although now I’m giggling a little thinking about a guy filming his wife’s labor with a camera strapped to his head…I’m thinking a miner’s helmet.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      July 10, 2014 at 9:12 am

      My 5 minutes post-baby crotch DOES look like a cave…a cave that they needed to use explosives to gain entry into.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 10, 2014 at 9:18 am

      But is there an echo?

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      July 10, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Who wants to get close enough to find out? O.O

    • Spongeworthy

      July 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

  5. Bleu Cheese Bewbs

    July 10, 2014 at 8:32 am

    OMG! I totally cried. I feel bad for poor Kristin and even for her husband. He just seems so, I don’t know, nervous about the whole thing. It’s like he wants to do what is right but his brain isn’t working all the way.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

      I can’t imagine driving someone to the hospital as fast as I can while they’re in labor (or hurt badly or something). I think I would do ok if I was in the backseat with them or something, but not driving.
      A girl I went to HS with, her mom gave birth to their youngest son at a tollbooth on the highway. They were on the way to the hospital but didn’t make it. Luckily there was a state trooper there who assisted. They were all fine in the end, but WHOA.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      July 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

      I feel horrible about the way I treated my bf while he was driving my 7cm ass to the hospital. I kept asking why he was so stupid (for stopping at red lights lol), telling him I hated him, that I was going to stab him in the eye with my keys next time he looked at me, etc etc. Just lovely.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 10, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Oh I have no doubt I would have been the same in that situation. I am the type that if I’m in pain, I don’t want anyone touching me, so I think labor would have been a lot of “get away from me!” I ended up having a non-emergency c-section, so I was super chill about the whole thing. My husband held it together, but I could tell he was super nervous about it all. Which I understand–I would have been a wreck if it was him having the surgery, but since it was me and I was SO READY to not be pregnant anymore, I was like “Whee! Let’s cut my abdomen open! Yay!”

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

      A Real Lady! lol You get a pass though. Labor fucking sucks.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      July 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

      lol my midwife got the worst of it, but she deserved it. I was waiting on my epi and she kept telling me to get on all fours, to stand up, basically bitch was trying to get me to deliver before I could get my epi. She kept saying how I was all ready to go, asking if I was ready to push, “you got this mama!!!”…I almost murdered her.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Yeah, the pep talk nonsense is for the birds! I know the verbal encouragement works for some people, but not for me when I’m waiting on my damn pain meds! Usually my husband is all “You can do this!” which got him a nice “Go fuck yourself!” during a race awhile back, but luckily during labor he just asked what I needed and then kept quiet. He had the unfortunate of trying to touch me (because I am sure he felt pretty helpess) but it was pissing me off so he basically just stood at a safe distance and tried not to look too horrified by the whole process.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Also, WTF midwife! She knew you were getting an epi and tried to get you to force the kid out without it. I would think that a midwife, of all healthcare professionals, would be all about respecting a woman’s decisions.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      July 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Yeah, I think I got the worst one at the practice. She has never given birth, so I was having a really hard time listening to her little spiel about how I didn’t really need the epi, all while I was transitioning and vomiting into a bag. The worst part is that after my epi failed, she basically ignored me! When I could have actually used her help, she ate a fucking granola bar and then sat on a stool the entire time I was pushing! I swear she was just being a smug bitch about it. Like “SEE?? TOLD YA”

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Ugh! That really is awful. I also vomited during labor (with my first, so I was already a freaked out mess) and the nurse (who was a guy) let me know that I wasn’t in fact vomiting from pain. His professional opinion was that I vomited BECAUSE I WASN’T BREATHING RIGHT. I do believe he also got a “Go fuck yourself!”.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      July 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

      LOL fuck that guy. Why do they even allow men to be nurses in L&D? I had a strict “no men” rule, although I did allow the male anesthesiologist in because hello, I’m not fucking crazy.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      July 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

      I felt like my male anethesiologist did a really good job specifically because he was male. It’s like he was imagining the worst pain he’d ever felt and multiplying it by a million and then wanting to make that better for me…it worked…

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Totally. Prerequisites for talking a woman through labor should include the ability, at least, to one day comprehend what is going on down there. I will say though that I had a male doctor do the delivery and he was kind of awesome. He strolled in, explained that they wanted to use the vacuum thing and then asked “So, are you wit dat?”. At that point, I was most definitely ‘wit dat’.

    • Gangle

      July 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      She sounds like a peach! I told my husband that one of his roles is to tell anyone who acts like that towards me to jog on.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

      That’s why I felt bad for the poor husband. I’m pretty sure he wanted to help her and give her some comfort. I totally would have been a mess if I were in his position.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Like I said, I think I’d do well if I was just there, but driving…nope. I’d be so scared of getting into an accident and at the same time worried I wasn’t going fast enough.

    • Litterboxjen

      July 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

      My cousin delivered her daughter in the car while her husband was checking them in to the hospital. Whoops. 😉

      (She’d had twins before, so at least this wasn’t her first pregnancy, but I’m sure it was still quite stressful!)

    • Spongeworthy

      July 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Holy crap! So she was by herself in the car? That’s crazy.

    • Litterboxjen

      July 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

      She was — I’m like, 99% certain someone was looking after the twins while they went to the hospital. Fortunately she was in the parking lot of the hospital, much like this woman, but yeah, still crazy.

  6. Ursi

    July 10, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I cannot wait till I get home so I can watch this.

    My feelings based on the description? If she’s happy and he’s happy and the baby is safe then it’s a good birth.

  7. Alex Lee

    July 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    “You’ve gotta catch him!”

    See, that is scarier than driving your new infant back home from the hospital.

    Mad props to Kristin for not sitting down even when everybody was screaming at her to do so.

  8. Brandy

    July 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Crying. Thanks. I want to see the uncensored version! I also want to shove those guys for telling her to sit down while she was crowning. Sigh, men.

  9. Cruelty Cupcake

    July 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

    NOPE. This is my worst fear. After having my last labor go from 0 to 60 in under an hour, I’m thinking about checking into the hospital a week before my due date next time. If there ever is a next time 😐

    • Katherine Handcock

      July 10, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Yeah, both my labours were FAST and we lived 1/2 hour from the hospital. Due dates being in winter, my husband and I just agreed that we would get a hotel room if there was bad weather coming.

    • Gangle

      July 10, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      I am sooooo happy to live 5 minutes from my hospital. And that my husband would not stick a camera in my face (even though this lady obviously wanted it filmed)

  10. Kelly

    July 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I didn’t watch the WHOLE thing but oh my stars, I just wanted him to stop yelling at her. She obviously knew what she was doing and was telling him what was happening. The yelling (his, not hers) was making me so anxious. I can’t imagine giving birth with someone screaming at me like that, poor lady.

  11. Jayamama

    July 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

    My town is so small that most women drive 45 minutes away to have their babies in a better hospital in a neighboring town. The thought of being in labor while in a car just terrified me, and I am so grateful to have found a midwife to supervise my births in the comfort of my own home. That was intense.

    (And because I know someone’s going to say it, the hospital in town is less than five minutes away, and perfectly capable of dealing with any emergencies that might have arisen which my midwife decided she wasn’t able to deal with herself.)

    • Kelly

      July 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

      My sister is actually a midwife, and a couple weeks before our due date she slipped my husband an article she had torn out of some professional journal and told him to keep it in his wallet, you know, just in case.

      It was all about what labor partners should know/do if they couldn’t make it to the hospital in time. He did indeed keep it, and still has it, but I think he still has nightmares about helping me deliver our baby on the side of the road.

    • Jayamama

      July 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Yes! Everyone should know that! One of our prenatal meetings with our midwife was dedicate to just teaching us how to deliver by ourselves, in case she didn’t get there in time. I was really happy to get that information, especially since she didn’t arrive with our first until I was already feeling the urge to push. It was a bit nerve-wracking. The second time around she arrived with hours to spare, but I still felt better knowing I was prepared.

  12. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    July 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

    If my husband had filmed me giving birth in a car and that video had spread on the internet, I would be a widow. Also, the world at large would currently have a very different perception of me. Right now, they tend to think of my foul mouth as “cute” and “quirky” but if they really saw it in action…oh, boy.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

      The video footage of my labor would have ended well before the baby came out, and would look a whole lot like the end of The Blair Witch Project.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      July 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

      So true.

    • Guinevere

      July 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

      being a widow is the worst, though. if you think “some of the most rude comments to pregnant women” is bad…just wait for widowhood. I mean, even if you *didn’t* kiill him, people assume you did, if you’re young…serioulsy not recommended.

    • ShanLea

      July 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Amen sister! I’ve started lying to people I don’t know/care about and saying “car accident”, because “PTSD suicide” gets you the “get away you murderous hussy” look every time. Worse than pity.

    • Guinevere

      July 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      oooh, PTSD suicide here, too. So, obviously, his family even decided I killed him, rather than you know, did every thing humanly possible to try to save his life. Can’t decide if family/friends or strangers are worse…..?

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      July 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      What the actual fuck is wrong with people. I know this site gets a lot of traffic, but for there to be two of you, both on this thread, that have had that thrown at you completely blows my mind. Growing up around the military (and married to a veteran), I can’t even keep track of all of the PTSD diagnoses anymore. The first was my dad, who still struggles with it ten years later. For people to reduce the severity of that epidemic to blaming widows and believing they got away with murder–no. Just no. I’d like to order up a big heaping helping of my own personal recipe for shinkicks to go, for each of them.

      I am honestly so sorry that you have both been through it. I can’t even begin to imagine and those people–friends, family and strangers–are ignorant asshats, although I am sure some of them are more likable/loveable asshats than others.

    • Guinevere

      July 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      It’s incredibly common and constant. There’s no “have been through,” because it’s always. Sadly, the VA doesn’t recognize them as service related very often, but luckily being the “widow of a wartime veteran” got me my federal job, so there’s that, even with no other benefits like i’d get if my husband died of physical war trauma, and even though it’s kept me from being able to talk to people IRL cuz everyone is a jerk and I don’t like anyone, but I like to read mommyish.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      July 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      It’s ridiculous. I knew the VA didn’t recognize them consistently, though–we’ve actually been participating in a letter-writing campaign to our legislators on that account, as it has affected friends of ours and is, you know, an egregious oversight in the area of honoring the service of our veterans (in my POV, anyway).

    • Guinevere

      July 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      yeah. I had Senator Tester and Obama write them on my behalf after my appeal failed. Then I gave up. Sure would be nice if this changes in the future, like a lot of things 🙂

    • Katherine Handcock

      July 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      I just want to reach through the screen and give the two of you each a hug. How people can be so shockingly awful just blows my mind. I am so sorry.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      It makes me sad that people are so incredibly ignorant, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I’m sorry you have to deal with dummies!

    • Guinevere

      July 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you, but it’s really my own fault for talking to people.

    • NoMissCleo...JustMe

      July 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      No. Those people are ass holes.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      July 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      I think I will resist the urge for now. But sometimes he sorely tempts my good nature.

    • Gangle

      July 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      People say the stupidest shit. My little brother lost his first wife when he was in his early 20s, weeks after they got married. There were an awful lot of comments along the lines of ‘well he is young, so at least it won’t take him long to get over it and move on’ and ‘they were only married for a millisecond, so it probably isn’t too bad’. That was horrible for *me* to hear, and I am only the sister. I cannot imagine how painful it was for him to hear that. I am sorry people are so shitty.

    • Guinevere

      July 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Yep. I heard all of that, too. And while I did remarry and have a beautiful daughter, that doesn’t take away the lifetime of pain I experience. There is room within the expansive heart for the forever pain of widowhood and the forever joy of mommyhood. I just had to say something (above) because joking about being a widow is like joking about miscarriage. Sometimes it’s hard to be serious on here, because it’s a place i come to let out my snarky.

    • Gangle

      July 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I can understand that you would still miss and grieve for your first husband. My brother feels the same. He is remarried too, and to a wonderful, amazing woman. But she isn’t a replacement – he will always miss and grieve for his first wife. I am sorry you have had so much loss in your life, and I hope that you are surrounded by good, supportive people.

    • Guinevere

      July 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Someday, i will find those people and make them be my friends! 🙂

    • Gangle

      July 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

      The world is full of arseholes. But I promise there are good people too!

  13. Momma425

    July 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    1) NOPE, not watching a baby (or anything else) come out of someone’s vaj.
    2) If my husband filmed my birth, I would be so humiliated. Some things just don’t need to be on tape. But to each their own.
    3) If said video did happen and my husband put it on the internet/news- well, that would be one speedy divorce.

    • Anita

      July 15, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      I felt embarrassed for the mother too. I don’t know how far the couple lived from the hospital, but I think it would have been better for them to call the paramedics than to drive 95 mph down the highway, endangering themselves and other drivers. Worst case scenario she delivers in the back of an ambulance and not in the hospital lobby in front of that clueless security guard. IMO, some things are just better left to the professionals. But I am glad to hear the mother and baby are healthy and happy. (And for the record, the actual birth was censored. )

  14. Suzie

    July 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Holy. A few things

    1. I totally cried.
    2. Those security guards at the door? Could they have been any less helpful?
    3. I understand the yelling by her husband. I was acting similar on the way to the hospital when I was in labor, fortunately we only live 10 mins away, but my husband was certain I was going to deliver in the car and between my moans, he was loudly trying to reassure me and get my to breathe (BTW, I was only 2 cms when we got there. UGH)
    4. How scary pale was that poor mom when she finally sat down with her baby in the wheelchair. YIKES!

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