Anybody who’s given birth has their own exciting delivery story to tell with which to terrify expecting mothers. This is the most dramatic of my three trips to the delivery room. If either John or I had paid more attention in Lamaze classes, we might’ve realized that my defiant last stand on the bench outside the hospital was textbook transition material. For those of you who don’t know, or have forgotten, that’s the stage of labor when insanity sets in. Women who’d never say so much as “damn” let loose with curse words no one knew they knew – or, as in my case, they change their mind and decide not to have the baby after all. So there!
My sister Joyce delivered my favorite transition line. “Kill me now and take the baby. It’s the only humane thing to do.”