As someone sans womb, I'm not terribly qualified to opine, but my guess would be that a text message is the last thing you want to deal with while giving birth. Not so! At least, according to some doctors.

After a Boston anesthesiologist noticed a patient texting while popping out her newborn, Tina Cassidy, author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, wonders if digital interconnectedness might be our modern substitute for the way women used to give birth—surrounded by family and friends. Studies show that being in the company of loved ones while a baby's delivered releases oxytocin, a hormone that aids in labor. So the next time your wife/girlfriend/mom/sexting partner is in labor, squeeze her hand—and then put your smartphone in it. [NY Mag]