Babies Come Out Pretty Fast
To be fair to the writers of Grey’s Anatomy, this has been done a lot in medical shows. They portray giving birth as a quick experience, which isn’t a good thing to do as it can make first-time mothers feel even more afraid. They are already told that this will be an incredibly painful experience, so we’re only adding to fear with stuff like this in medical shows. The writers have a woman go into labor and then have the child roughly 5 minutes later if that long. They did this in a major way during the Season 12 finale when April Kepner begins to go into labor at home. Ben Warren wants to head to the hospital but Kepner claims she does not want to give birth in a car.
They decide to just deliver the baby inside the house instead. While this is all nice and dramatic, Kepner would be making a dumb mistake if this would have been real life. Usually, when a child is about to be born, a woman will have strong contractions. They can get so strong that Kepner would not have been able to calmly talk. In fact, she probably couldn’t at all by this point. On average, first-time mothers are in labor roughly 10 to 20 hours before it’s time for the baby to pop out. You’ll have several contractions giving you an indication that you need to get to the hospital. The closer they come, and stronger they are, the closer one is to actually giving birth.