A Birth Story, by Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers 2012 Shankbone By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Seth Meyers 2012 Shankbone By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

On Easter Sunday, Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi welcomed their baby boy into the world. Meyers talked about this experience in a recent episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers. As I watched the clip I could feel Seth’s love for his wife and son through my computer screen. I think that what Seth had to say would ring true for a lot of partners

It started off as a normal day; the couple went out for breakfast, walked home, and started getting ready to go to a play that afternoon. However, while getting ready Alexi was complaining of back pain every 10-15 minutes.

“And I’m bad at recognizing patterns otherwise I would have known those were contractions. Once we realized that’s what it was I downloaded an app…because I’m on top of it…”

Once the couple realized what was happening they contacted their doctors to plan a course of action. 
Finally it was determined the couple should head to the hospital. While preparing to leave Seth helped Alexi change when all of a sudden it happened,

“…I was helping her change and her water broke and WOOOOW! I mean that! It sounds like what water would sound like if it broke.” Watching the clip you can tell this moment definitely took Seth by surprise.

The couple called an Uber to take them to the hospital and needless to say it was not the experience most couples have.

“My wife was on her knees in the backseat, holding on to me, we had to roll the window down because she was getting car sick and she was just screaming out an open window. Screaming. Only in New York City could you drive that way…My wife was screaming out the window, ‘I DON’T LIKE THIS!’”

Once they got to the hospital the couple realized it was Easter when they saw all the nurses wearing bunny ears!

“…Which was fantastic! Just immediately put me in the best mood. It did not affect my wife’s mood. My wife was in a place where bunny ears could not change her mood. I even said ‘Oh, look at the bunny ears’ and she said ‘Shut the F**k up, I don’t, stop pointing…’”

Once Alexi was admitted they realized she was fully dilated and it was time to meet their baby!

“And it was weird because I didn’t know how much I would watch everything going down. I didn’t have a plan. But the minute it started it I couldn’t take my eyes off it, it was the most fantastic thing! I was taken, it was the best.”

As the birth played out in the room Seth used his humor to help him cope.

“I also couldn’t stop laughing. Half the people in the room have bunny ears. And the other thing was I kept laughing because I kept thinking back to the last few months people said ‘Are you ready for this?’ and watching it happen, laughing,  I’m thinking ‘Who could be ready for this?!? What could you do to prepare for this right now?!?’”

“…then our son was born. And it was this crazy moment where I then exploded into laughing and sobbing at the same time…” and Seth realized that he was really a dad, “The weirdest thing is you’re just not a parent and then you are. And it takes your brain a couple hours to catch up to that.”

Congratulations to Seth and Alexi, and welcome Baby Ash! Seth, it sounds like you did an amazing job supporting your wife during this extra special time in your lives. If times get tough and you are looking for extra professional support during this time of transition--You can always hire a postpartum doula.

Authored by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach

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