Already Gone

Since maternity patients at the small hospital where I work must travel 50 miles to another hospital for the actual delivery, they often check with us first to verify that they are, indeed, in labor.

One morning, a pregnant woman walked in, and we confirmed that delivery was definitely imminent. So a nurse called her husband at home, getting him out of bed. "Your wife’s about to give birth," she told him. "You need to go to the hospital."

"Okay," he said groggily. "I’ll wake her up and tell her."