- Straight: Alice's water breaks, and the baby arrives just five minutes later.
- Exaggerated: Alice's water breaks, and the baby just falls right out.
- Downplayed: Alice is in labor for several hours before her water breaks. The baby isn't born until a half-hour later.
- The water breaking is usually a sign that birth will happen soon.
- This is not Alice's first child; women who have birthed more than one child generally give birth quicker than women who are birthing their first child.
- Sometimes it's only realized that it's not false labor until the water breaks, especially with a premature birth.
- Inverted: Alice's water breaks, but the baby arrives much later.
- Subverted: Alice's water breaks, but she has enough time to get to the hospital.
- Double Subverted: But her contractions keep getting stronger and stronger along the way, and she barely makes it to the delivery room.
- Parodied: Alice breaks a glass of water in order to speed up her labor. Oddly enough, it works.
- Zig Zagged: Some women give birth right when their water breaks, other times not for some time after.
- Alice's water breaks, but the baby does not arrive right then and there.
- Alice's water does not break.
- Enforced: Most Writers Are Male.
- Lampshaded: ???
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: Alice's labour is failing to progress and/or she's overdue, so the midwife or obstetrician breaks the membranes artificially to speed things up.
- Defied: ???
"So, the instant the water breaks, the baby is born?"
"Yes and no. It's a good sign of progress, but the baby may actually arrive later."
- Conversed: "How come tv shows birth occurs right after the water breaks."
- Played For Laughs: Alice's water breaks at a bad time.
- Played For Drama: The quick birth causes problems for Alice.
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