If you’ve ever given birth, you know that the hours of labor can be among the most difficult hours of your life. You're uncomfortably pregnant, dealing with painful contractions, and you're going at it alone. Sure, you have your doctor or midwife, and perhaps some special, select friends and/or family members by your side, but no one is experiencing what you're going through. Which is why you often rely most heavily on your partner. But what happens when your partner does things to piss you off during childbirth? Sadly, your partner will inevitably get on your nerves while you're busying bringing a human being into the world, so it's best to be prepared.
When I went into labor with my son, I spent most of the experience at home. I lived across the street from a hospital, so I felt comfortable attempting a home birth. And while my husband did OK when it came to making himself available to me, there were moments when I also wanted to, you know, yell at him. But I was too busy delivering a baby, and it’s not always easy to multitask when a baby is making their way down the birth canal, so he was spared my wrath. For the most part.
For example, he kept offering me peanut butter and crackers. And at first it was OK, but after six or seven hours of the same snack, I wanted something else. But did he look for something else to offer? Nope. Oh, and then there’s the time he disappeared for what felt like an hour (it was probably closer to 15 minutes, but that's neither here nor there). He needed to use the restroom and maybe he was feeling overwhelmed. But not as much as I was with an infant coming out of my vagina.
Our partners try, and their attempts are admirable, but they're human beings so they're bound to fail a time or two. So it's worth perusing some of the following scenarios to see if they ring true for you, too.