Today on LIVE with Regis and Kelly, Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Pat Sajak talked labor, doulas and contractions. When Pat noticed there was a pregnant woman in the audience, he sparked up a conversation with Kelly, saying,
I was there for the birth of my two children and it was the most fabulous event of my life but frankly, I would have rather been in the other room with a cigar.
Kelly then replied,
You know, I didn’t want Mark to say a word. Ok, they hook you up to a monitor that shows you when you’re having a contraction. But as women, you don’t need people to tell you that and Mark would say clever things like ‘You’re having a contraction now,’ and I would be like ‘Ya think? Ya think I’m having one, do ya? Huh?’
To which Pat had a humorous reply that many fathers could probably relate to.
Well, there’s just a lot of yelling. We’re treated like Satan in the room.
Pat went on to ask Kelly what type of techniques she used to help through the labor of her three children. Kelly explained that she had to have a surprise c-section with her first child, Michael, 9, and was hoping for a natural birth with her second, Lola, 5. Kelly jokingly said,
We used a Doula with the second pregnancy. We did breathing exercises, we focused on things, we focused on getting Mark out of the room. I said to Mark, ‘I don’t want you seeing any of that, it might change your whole vision of me.’
Pat then asked if she seriously enjoyed having Mark there and Kelly said, "Yes, he did comfort me."
In addition to Michael and Lola, Kelly and Mark also have another son named Joaquin, 4. Pat and his wife Lesly have two children, Michael, 16, and Maggie, 12.
Source: Live with Regis and Kelly
So, did you treat your partner like ‘Satan in the room?’