Out Giving Birth, Back in Two Minutes
The opposite of Screaming Birth
. When a show wants to avoid graphic details and a screaming woman pushing a child through her pelvis, such as in a children's show or in a comedy (sometimes for humor, sometimes to avoid wasting airtime on something unfunny), a birth becomes a simple as going to the hospital and popping out the kid like a PEZ candy. Sometimes, the hospital isn't even necessary.
Rarely Truth in Television
, though every once in a while childbirth is relatively
quick and painless. While the shortest recorded time for an American woman in labor in the last hundred years with both the child and the mother surviving is 23 minutes, the national average is just over six hours of labor. In cases of extremely short labor, there are typically complications of varying severity that cause or result from the unexpectedly simple and quick situation.
This trope applies to practically any
birth that is neither human, equine or hyena.
Often results in Born in an Elevator
, though that trope is usually accompanied by a Screaming Birth
and should be added to the appropriate page.
Usually combined with Clean Pretty Childbirth
. Compare Instant Birth, Just Add Water
, where the birth is in the story, but often quicker and easier than it should be.
- Irish pirate queen Grace O'Malley reputedly had a baby belowdecks during combat, and still managed to join the fight not long after, pistol in hand, and screaming at her crew (and opponents) to "keep quiet, or you'll wake the baby."
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Child". This is justified by the fact that Troi's pregnancy is the result of the manifestation of a powerful energy being. Also acknowledged in-universe.
- Averted in Lost, one of the few times in TV that labor takes a long while as it should. Labor can take days on occasions.
Religion and Mythology
- Implied in one Calvin and Hobbes strip, in which Susie and Calvin are playing house. Susie walks in the door, saying "I stopped by the hospital on the way home from work!" and reveals their new baby.
- In Greek Mythology, Leto gave birth to Artemis without any pain, and due to Rapid Aging, Artemis was then able to be midwife for her twin brother Apollo the next day. Naturally, Artemis becomes the goddess of childbirth (among other things).
- In Arsenic and Old Lace, Officer O'Hara mentions that his mother, a stage actress, gave birth to him in the dressing room at the end of the second act, and then made the finale.
- A female dwarf in Dwarf Fortress will give birth in the middle of a task, pick up the baby and go right back to what she was doing.
- Not quite a straight example on account of DF suffering from a fairly extreme case of Video Game Time.
- In The Sims 2, a woman (or man) will give birth after a bit of labor pain and then be ready to go to work the same day. It may be due to Video Game Time of course, and the parent can choose to stay home and use her (or his) maternity leave to care for the baby.
- In The Sims 3, they can go to the hospital if they want, but it's no trouble for them to drive, walk, or bike there on their own when the baby is already ready to pop out.
- Used in the Futurama episode "The Luck of the Fryish", subverting Screaming Birth where Fry's mother turns out to be screaming at the sports game on the radio.
- On Family Guy, Peter is talking to a very fat woman when suddenly a baby simply falls out of her, causing her to shout out to her offscreen husband "You were right! I was pregnant!"
- In another episode, Peter and Brian prank the occupants of a Teen Pregnancy Center by putting their hands in bowls of warm water while they are sleeping. They quickly leave the room and start giggling to each other as the sounds of many crying babies are suddenly heard from offscreen.
- On King of the Hill, Peggy's flashback to Bobby's birth reveals that she was on so many painkillers that from her perspective, she basically checked into her hospital room, had a wonderful nap and woke up in the car on the way home a few days later. Obviously not quite Truth in Television.
- Female horses are known as the birth-giving queens of the whole animal kingdom, or at least among the animals most people know. There's a saying that goes, "A watched mare never foals," and most horse breeders will agree with this. The minute you leave the mare alone is the minute the foal will hit the ground. Quick foaling is a necessity because of the animal's biology: a horse's placenta disattaches at an early stage of foaling, and the foal must come out quickly or it may suffer from lack of oxygen.
- It's said that sometimes plow mares would just give birth, still in harness, during lunch and be back to plowing right on schedule.
- Invoked by Bill Maher, who implied that China was closer to seeing birth this way than the US was.
- In general, the more times a woman has given birth (not by C-Section), the quicker and easier any future births are. This is especially true of mothers who have previously given birth without epidurals or pitocin.