A first time mum refused to let her husband watch the birth of their first child after he pulled a prank in the delivery room. And it’s caused their marriage to disintegrate.

The 23-year-old mum says her 24-year-old husband was amazing during her pregnancy – excited, supportive and caring for nine months. The only issue they had was that he’d become ‘slightly obsessed’ with YouTube and TikTok videos of husbands pulling pranks on their wives while in labour.

“I didn’t mind at first but then he started casually joking about doing things he saw in the videos saying it would be funny. I clearly stated my distaste for them and asked him not to do anything like what he saw,” she explained on reddit.

“He agreed and continued to joke about it time to time but I brushed it off since I trusted him and thought nothing would come of it. The day of the delivery came and I had been in labour for eight hours (12 hours total labour). I had just finished another round of contractions when my husband let out the loudest fart, turned to me and said, ‘What the hell have you been eating? It smells disgusting!” I immediately recognised that as one of the pranks in the videos.

“Outraged at him not honouring what I asked him not to do I demanded that he leave the room. He started arguing saying it was just a joke but I insisted and luckily the nurse helped get him out.”

‘He was fuming’

The furious mum endured the last four hours of her labour on her own, with no family support. She refused to allow her husband back into the room until after the birth.

“After the delivery I told the nurse he could come back into the room and he was fuming. He started demanding that I tell him why I kicked him out. I calmly told him the reason but he was pissed. He hasn’t talked to me in a week. His mum is taking his side saying that I was a complete bitch for kicking him out. Normally he will defend me from her but this time he completely agreed. I might be the asshole because I know how much he was looking forward to being there for the birth of our first kid and especially when he got to cut the cord, but I still kicked him out and refused to let him back in. The nursed asked a few times if I wanted him back but each time I said no.

“If he had been apologetic in anyway I would have let him come back into the delivery room. And the nurse checked on him but he was sulking and complaining that I did that.”

‘I took the baby and left’

The new mum has since updated the precarious situation, explaining that her husband bonded with the baby, but hadn’t been helping. She said the first week was rough, but her mum arrived to help out, as her husband was still ignoring her.

“I talked to my husband and told him how I was feeling (I have been feeling depressed and anxious since we brought the baby home) and that I understood why he was upset but asked him to please see my side. He told me that I had no right to kick him out and that our daughter would come to hate me one day for having him miss her birth. I started crying and begged him to please talk things through instead of saying things out of anger.

“He refused and said I was under his roof so he had the final say and called me a c*** for kicking him out of the delivery room. I didn’t say anything else to him I just started packing myself and the baby’s things and planned on leaving. He yelled telling me that I couldn’t take anything he paid for (I haven’t worked since the start of the pandemic).

“I just took the baby and told my mum we were leaving. We are staying at a motel and will drive to my parents house tomorrow.”

What do you think of this situation? Was the mum justified? And should she have left her husband? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • I think there is a lot wrong with this marriage and unless it can all be sorted out then the best thing is to separate and get on with your lives on your own. I feel sorry for the baby, but something like this continually festering between them won’t make anything right.


  • My husband tried to jump out the window! hahahahah


  • Good call on this one


  • My husbands a joker too but theres a time and a place and he knows that.. poor mumma!! I hope she is ok.


  • Labor is certainly not the time to be playing pranks, however from the rest of the article, it appears there are underlying communication and respect issues.


  • Some people should think twice before act…and always consider partners feelings


  • I can see both sides of the story here. He has done the wrong thing but kicking him out for the rest of the birth was quite rough. I would have sent him out for a while and requested a break then let him back in.


  • I’m sorry but I can’t believe her husband acted like that. Maybe it’s good she found out what he was like now. Maybe not seeing her or their baby for a while might make him realise what he did was wrong. He could have apologised but it sounds to me like he is too much of a child himself. Hopefully things can work out but if I was her I’d stay with my parents. At least she will be safe there.


  • Probably lucky she learnt what he was truly like before getting to much further into their relationship with a newborn in tow. Good on you for leaving. I’d have left to.


  • This is so sad to read. The birth of a baby is meant to be a happy time and this turned situation turned so so bad. It’s a tough situation. He totally disrespected her by pulling a prank during her labour but for her to kick him out is going a little too far. They both have a right to be upset and it’s a shame their relationship could be over because of it.


  • What an obnoxious, arrogant, self-centred idiot he is. Until he can birth a child, he does not get to make fun of it. He was asked not to, told in fact, but didn’t care. Clearly it was more about him than his wife and child. Good on her for standing her ground. I’m so sorry she found out what he was truly like, during childbirth.


  • How do this couple expect to maintain a healthy relationship as parents, when they are not respectful of each others needs? I hope that they get some help and guidance to support them with their relationship.


  • She overreacted. It’s his child too, and I would’ve let that childish behaviour slide in order for him to experience it, too. Seriously though, her man is still an ass. Its a stressful time, and you just brought a baby into the world, they both need to focus their energy on the baby then this drama.


  • Things in life are about how we get through and over arguments that arise id explain this to him and see if you can both drop the topic and move on. You need to just discuss if you want to be a family living together or not, if so move on.


  • This has escalated way out of control. I think things could have been handled better and anger should not have been allowed to fester. The prank was inappropriate, but it was a small thing. I know emotions run a bit hot in the delivery room, but he could have been let back in. I’m sure he would have felt sorry when he realised how much it upset her. However, he needs to get over what happened and fences need to be mended. I think it’s really sad that ultimately a fart has resulted in a mother and new baby leaving. They need to forgive each other and the hubby needs to be supportive and help more with the new bub. It sounds like he’s still very angry and is being purposely hurtful. He also has no right to say she can’t take anything ‘he paid for’. It’s 50/50.


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