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A Pregnancy Trope - essentially, if the mother's water breaks, she's giving birth right there, right then. Bonus points if 'right there' is somewhere extremely cramped, uncomfortable or inaccessible (say, an elevator) and 'right then' is a point in time that it is extremely inconvenient for her to be giving birth at (such as when the aforementioned elevator has {{Trapped In A Fridge stopped working}]). Other variants include the back of cars (taxis are quite popular for this purpose). Inevitably leads to a Screaming Birth performed by someone with no medical training whatsoever.

A Truth in Television - when a mother's water breaks, it often indicates that labour has started and that the baby is on the way, and this can be quite a quick process; however, the instant birth part happens more often than television than it does in real life.


Examples:
  • Almost every Sitcom featuring a pregnancy that you've ever seen:
    • Friends
    • Frasier, particularly Daphne's birth.
    • Everybody Loves Raymond, in the back of Robbie's police car. Only it was a false start, and Robbie had started to go through his emergency birth procedures, much to Ray's chagrin.
  • Subverted on Angel during Darla's pregnancy storyline; she goes into labour at the end of one episode, but it's not until the end of another episode that the baby's born.
  • In Children of Men the birth begins not long after the water breaks, but on the other hand, the birth had been delayed for some time.
  • Real life example: The best friend of this editor's mother had two children. Each labor lasted less than forty-five minutes. The first of the two nearly did deliver in a taxicab.

The index markup for this was Pregnancy Tropes.