The Delivery Room

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When my youngest son was born, my wife talked me into staying in the delivery room with her.  I didn’t want to be in there, but I did agree that I would stay with her.  Before Carolyn went into the delivery room, however, I had to leave for a few minutes.  When I got back the doctor said, “Mr. Brewer I need to talk to you for a minute.”  Dr. Colquitt and I stepped into a small room, and he told me “Carolyn said that you want to in the delivery room when the baby is being born.”  I said, “No I don’t want to be in there, but I did tell her that I would be because she wants me to stay with her.  Dr. Colquitt said, Carolyn told me that you have epilepsy, and I don’t want the responsibility of taking care of you if you should have a seizure.”  He also told me this about when he was delivering a baby once before.  He said, “One time I was delivering a baby, and the woman wanted her mother to be there.  I agreed and when the baby began coming out the woman’s mother fainted.  I finished delivering the baby and turned to check on the mother and bring her back around; however, I found that she hadn’t fainted at all.  She had a heart attack and died right in the delivery room.  Seeing the baby being born had caused the woman’s mother to have a heart attack, and she had died right in the delivery room; I don’t recommend that anyone go in the delivery room, but I do recommend that you not go in it.  I would recommend the same for anyone that has a medical problem and has never seen anything like a baby being born.”  Of course, Dr. Colquitt didn’t know that when I was growing up on the farm I was several calves being born and had even helped deliver some of them when the cows were having a hard time with the delivery.  I didn’t want to be in the delivery room, so I wasn’t about to tell Dr. Colquitt about the calves that I had helped with.  I was just glad that I didn’t have to be in the delivery room.

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