Giving birth is already a challenging and painful experience, but why do certain individuals insist on throwing extra frustration and stress into the mix? Just ask this woman from the "Am I the A------" (AITA) subreddit, who came very close to throwing hands with her doctor during labor.
The original poster, who goes by the handle u/AnswerTrue8371, spoke candidly about her experience in the hospital while she was in labor and giving birth. Amidst the chaos of enduring a marathon-like labor, she unleashed a barrage of colorful language at her doctor, who, in turn, took genuine offense at her choice of words.
Read on for the rest of the story, and stick around for the internet's take on the matter.
A woman confessed to swearing at her doctor while giving birth.
In the viral post, posted on Dec. 15, 2023, the OP revealed that she gave birth to her baby two weeks ago. She recalled labor lasting 30 hours, noting that by the time the pushing phase arrived, she was "incredibly exhausted."
Despite the overall positive experience with her doctor, a sudden and excruciating contraction brought an unexpected hiccup. The OP, who wasn't allowed to get an epidural due to a heart condition, found herself on the verge of passing out from the intense pain.
In quite a memorable moment during a particularly unbearable contraction, she exclaimed, "Jesus f------ Christ!" The doctor, maintaining his composure, responded, "Please don't use the Lord's name in vain." Without missing a beat, the OP shot back, "Go f--- yourself."
From that point on, the doctor maintained a subdued presence throughout the childbirth. Afterward, the OP's husband suggested she might want to extend an apology. Although she didn't at the time, reflecting on the incident now, she's contemplating sending a note to the hospital to make amends for any unintended offense.
What do you think? Also, what's the verdict? Is the OP the AH? Let's hear what Redditors have to say!
A wave of support quickly surged from fellow Redditors to back up the OP.
The viral post received over 4,400 comments from many fellow Redditors rallying behind the OP. They emphatically argued that the doctor's primary role is to ensure their patients feel comfortable, not to scold them for letting out a few choice words during one of life's most challenging experiences!
"I got a feeling that even Jesus himself would be way more understanding than the doctor," one person said.
A second Redditor wrote, "Oh good lord. I mean, I cannot imagine that that is the worst thing any OBGYN heard during a birth. I have an acquaintance who was a nurse in a NICU, and she says it's a pretty common occurrence for even the most ... prudish/religious/whatever of women [to] curse like a proverbial sailor."
"Your husband needs to relax, and honestly, if your OBGYN REALLY said this to you in the middle of labor... f--- that guy. Honestly, while this may seem extreme, that's a doctor-changing moment," they added. "How concerned about your care could he possibly have been if 'Jesus F------ Christ' gives him pause? I mean, it's not like you said to him to be careful because you want to sacrifice the baby to Satan within 10 minutes of being born."
A third Reddit user pointed out, "It is a known fact that women will say the most outrageous things while in labor, and an OBGYN with such delicate sensibilities has no place in the delivery room if he's going to try and police a woman in the last stages of (a 30 hour long!) unmedicated labor."
"I had a completely unmedicated labor (not by choice). At one point, a male doctor came in and told me that I needed to relax and stop screaming. I told him to f--- off," another Redditor shared. "He left sharpish, and the midwives found it hilarious. Apparently, that doctor was a bit of a d---, and loads of people were scared of him."
The user continued, "When your husband and doctor push a human being out of their genitals, then they can have an opinion on what you say during labor. Otherwise, they can, as you perfectly put it, go f--- themselves."
What do you think? Should the OP apologize? Let us know!