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A-Rod's Delivery Room Blackout

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His wife says baseball giant is "real wimpy around doctors or any type of medical situation."


Alex Rodriguez passed out during the birth of his first daughter, Sports Illustrated reports. "The one nurse had a cold cloth on his head. The other nurse had the blood pressure on his arm. And my mother was like rubbing his back. And he is passed out on a couch. And I am there, in the middle of labor," Cynthia Rodriguez, wife of the New York Yankees star, said on an episode of the YES Network's YESterdays, scheduled to be broadcast tonight.

"And really, I am not being paid much attention to besides the doctor and a couple of nurses," she said. "And he is there moaning. In between pushing, I am going, `Honey, are you OK?' and `Are you breathing? Are you OK?' "

Dr. Toni L. Long, an OB/GYN in private practice in Santa Monica, has seen this happen a few times. "Probably only one in a thousand guys actually faints in the delivery room, but 10% of Dads get very green but don't pass out," she says.

She recalls the time one dad fainted when she was delivering a child. "He was holding the video camera and it kept filming after he fainted, so the birth video missed the big moment of their baby's birth," she recalls. "My colleague had a dad faint, too. He hit the ground hard and he was out cold. He peed on himself and was found to have a serious concussion after they took him down to the ER."

But the next horror story Dr. Long shared is even worse. "Another colleague had a dad get diagnosed with acute appendicitis during his wife's labor after he was vomiting and writhing around in the labor room for several hours. He was a 'real man'...he begged the doctors to give him some morphine so that he could stay long enough to see the birth of his child before they took him away to the OR to remove his appendix!"

Did your husband pass out during labor?

2 comments so far | Post a comment now
April May 8, 2008, 9:57 AM

Yes, he did! It was so embarrassing for all of us. I was like, quit helping him and help ME! I’m the one having the baby over here!

Jo May 8, 2008, 9:58 AM


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