Alternately, "Murphy's Law of Pregnancy".
If a woman in fiction is established as near-term pregnant, and there comes an event that would be the worst possible time for her to go into labor, the baby is going to pick that time to be born.
Doesn't matter if its drama or comedy, doesn't matter when the baby was actually expected to be due, doesn't matter if The End of the World as We Know It
is approaching - it's coming now
and the cast is going to have to deal with it on top of whatever crisis plagues them.
The most common exception, oddly enough, is any episode where the mother is already expecting to go into labor any moment and the drama around the birth itself is the point of the episode.
of Born in an Elevator
. Frequently calls for a Delivery Guy
and involves a Screaming Birth
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Keiko, wife of Miles O'Brian, whom had been established as pregnant in prior episodes, goes into labor in the middle of a shipboard crisis resulting from a collision with a random Negative Space Wedgie, stranded in Ten Forward and with only Worf available to be the Delivery Guy.
- Pemma in The Legend of Korra is pregnant all through the first season with her and Tenzin's fourth child, and yet it waits to be born when the Equalists launch their full attack on the city and Air Temple Island.