Man uses YouTube to help deliver baby

His wife drops on all fours. He calls the hospital. There are no midwives available. So naval engineer Marc Stephens has to rely on a couple of YouTube videos he's just watched.

When you've already used YouTube videos to learn to solve the Rubik's Cube and play the guitar, you might think that learning to do anything else would be fairly simple.

Delivering a baby, for example.

Marc Stephens, a naval engineer from Cornwall, England, and an afficionado of YouTube learning, thought it might be instructive or, who knows, fun, to check out the child-birthing thing on the site as his wife Jo was feeling a few tweaks in her innards.

So there he was at 10:30 p.m., watching where to put your hands, when to pull, how to twist. Oh, you surely don't expect me to watch one of these things, do you? I can tell you that one of the videos was called "How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab."

Well, this seems to be a child-birthing class. I wonder if there's a YouTube video. CC NateOne/Flickr

Anyway, four hours later, Jo went into labor.

They were planning on a home birth, but Marc called the hospital and asked for one of the actresses out of the YouTube movie. You know, the one who played the nurse.

No, in truth, there were no midwives available to come to the house, and Jo had a habit of laboring with efficient speed (they already had three children).

Indeed, she suddenly popped out of the bathroom, went down on all fours and was ready to go.

So, Marc thought: "OK. If I can move the yellow square to the left and those two blue squares to the right...no, wait, that's the Rubik's YouTube video."

Remarkably, he thought about the taxicab video and kept his head while he held the baby's.

"My youngest daughter woke up and was standing right behind me watching the whole thing!" he told the Telegraph.

To which Jo added: "I wasn't panicking at all. I have to say, out of all my four labors, that was the one I enjoyed the most."

I wasn't entirely aware this childbirth thing could be enjoyable.

Just as I wasn't entirely aware that YouTube was more than a place where you could see people putting their heads inside a balloon and then trying to blow it up.

 

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