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.
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)