My husband and I were watching a movie the first time I experienced labor. He wanted to head to the hospital immediately, but I made him stay so I could see how the film ended and at least finish my popcorn. He voiced his concern over the possibility of my water breaking, too. I told him to stop talking while the movie was playing. At the time I guess it was pretty intense, but after I asked moms to share the awkward place they went into labor I realized that my story is very tame by comparison.
When you're pregnant it's easy to feel like you're the center of everyone's attention, whether you like it or not. But as these moms discovered, going into labor when you're in public can make you feel like you're on stage and the spotlight is entirely on you. I know moms who've gone into labor at work, while shopping at places Target and Buy Buy Baby, while eating out at restaurants, while getting an oil change, and even while waiting in line at the Starbucks drive-thru. I've known moms who've had the oh-so-awkward experience of their water breaking in public, too. I can imagine that is nothing if not mildly embarrassing.
The truth is, labor can happen anywhere and at any time, and while it might see awkward or feel uncomfortable it's a normal, typical, and necessary part of the whole "bringing a baby into the world" thing. So take it from the following moms that even if you go into labor in the most awkward of places, it's not the end of the world. In fact, it's the beginning of someone else's.