Created By: Jayie on August 5, 2012

Born in a Storm

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The birth of a baby is a miracle of life. After the intense hours of labour, everyone gathers around to see the newest member of the story, gushing about hoe beautiful the baby is and how much everyone loves it. In others words, it can end up being a pretty boring and overly-fluffy scene. Not to mention that the birth process itself can be pretty [[Squick squicky]]. 

Authors work around this by adding tension to the birth scene. More specifically, they decide to have their characters give birth in very dangerous or climatic situations that put the new mother and child in immediate danger at their most vulnerable time. It seems to be some unspoken rule that every mother must go into labour in the most inconvenient times and places.

Named after a scene from [Warrior Cats]] where a character goes into labour during a storm. May overlap with [[

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  • In the 2009 movie of Stark Trek, Kirk's mother goes into labour with him whilst the ship is being pummeled by Nero's ship.

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  • As mentioned above, in [[Warriors Cats]] Rainflower of River Clan begins giving birth while the Clan is fleeing their flooded home during a horrible storm.
    • Also in that series, Sorreltail of Thunder Clan goes into labour while their home is being invaded by badgers. The he healer/midwife Cinderpelt is tending to her during the attack, which leads to her death.

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  • The Legend of Korra has Tenzin's wife go into labor while the air temple is being attacked by equalists.

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Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • August 5, 2012
    Rognik
    Is this the YKTTW Trauma Birth all over again?
  • August 6, 2012
    JayieOfRiverClan
    I don't know, what was that one about?
  • August 6, 2012
    LordGro
    Isn't that a misleading title? I immediately could think of several examples where a birth happens during a storm, but, after reading the description, neither of those actually fits, since the description says it's about birth in a highly dangerous situation, which isn't even an actual storm most of the time. -- In fact, it seems "Born during a Storm" is an actual trope.
  • August 6, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    • The opening lyrics to "Jumping Jack Flash"
    • Popeye is supposed to have been born at sea during a hurricane

  • August 6, 2012
    KTera
    • Daenerys Targaryen from A Song Of Ice And Fire was born during a storm. She's sometimes called "Daenerys Stormborn" because of it.
  • August 6, 2012
    Antigone3
    Averted, reversed, or something in two of the Dragon Jousters novels. Avatre hatches during a mage-sent storm, and all Vetch thinks is that the storm will make a good excuse for him to not be at work. When the Altan dragons begin to hatch, Kiron comments that the rain will make sure the egg doesn't dry out during the hatch.
  • August 6, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Dave Barry once commented on this in his book Babies and Other Hazards of Sex (also a possible page quote):
    If you'd like more technical details on the childbirth process, I suggest you view one of the many fine prairie dramas on television wherein some pathetic wispy-haired pioneer woman goes into labor during a blizzard in the most god-awful desolate prairie place, such as Kansas. Nothing brings on labor like a prairie blizzard. Women have been known to give birth in prairie blizzards even when they weren't actually pregnant.
  • August 6, 2012
    LordGro
    Clearly "Birth in Danger/at the Most Inconvenient Time" and "Born During a Storm" are two different tropes. This draft needs another name and a better description.
  • August 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Angel: Darla gives "birth" to her and Angel's baby in an ally during a terrible downpour while various baddies are after them in order to steal the baby. (Darla stakes herself, turning to dust around the baby, so the baby technically isn't "born.")
  • August 7, 2012
    Rognik
    I got the YKTTW name wrong. It was actually Maturnity Crisis and can be found here.
  • August 7, 2012
    abk0100
    Hey Arnold: Arnold is born while his parents are taking shelter from a volcanic eruption.
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