Did anyone see The Office last week? Sitcom births of the past were put to shame! No, the baby didn't come in 1 hour in an elevator after the mother had a melt down. Instead, the writers didn't fall back on typical tv drama and chose to take the path less traveled. Viewers were able to experience humor in a fairly ordinary birth experience.
For those of you that didn't see the episode let me paint the picture. Pam goes into the labour while working at the office. Her labour starts slow and she focuses through the contractions while co-workers try to distract her with fun and games. Her water breaks, yet she doesn't rush to the hospital. When her contractions finally measure minutes apart, she goes to the hospital and 19 hours later, a baby girl is born. Pam expects the baby to latch immediately (as most mothers hope) and when the process is more difficult than planned she doesn't give up. The nurse suggests supplementing with formula, but Pam asks for a lactation consultant and asserts her right to continue to try to breastfeed. The lactation consultant does his best to aid but the baby doesn't actually latch until they are discharged from the hospital. Pam sits down on a bench in the parking lot, covers herself with a hooter hider and is finally rewarded for her efforts.
I watched the episode with a smile on my face. Women all over North America were watching, and I only hope they were thinking, if Pam can do it, so can I. Throughout the whole episode, Pam was in control. She knew what she wanted and knew what she had to do to get there. To The Office, I say "Thank you!"