We Need to Talk.
Being a parent isn’t easy.
Not only is it the biggest commitment you can make in this life, but being a parent is constant hard work, every second of your life from the time your child is born to the time you die. Sleepless nights, less or no time with your significant other, large expenses from diapers to college tuitions, and the constant mix of hope and worry about if your child will turn out happy and healthy.
While it’s guaranteed to be a lifetime of work, being a parent is also likely to bring you a lifetime of happiness. If you already have kids, can you remember the first moment you found out you were going to be a father or mother? The feeling can best be described as elation.
That being said, having that happiness taken away certainly can’t end well.
Though science and technology have enabled us to do paternity tests to definitively prove a child’s parentage, sometimes these results can come as a shocking, and upsetting, surprise. Redditors were asked to share stories of times they witnessed the infamous “You’re not the father” or “The baby isn’t yours” moments, and these get pretty wild.
He looks just like his *real* father…
Miaow73: A patient asked if both possible fathers could be in her c-section so that neither would miss the birth of his child. They’d figure out the details later.
After a lot of careful consideration (because it did seem like a semi-reasonable plan) the answer was no because it was too easy to imagine many scenarios in which a fight might break out in the OR and instruments go flying. Also, there is a pretty strict rule about only one person allowed with the patient in the OR. In the end, she brought her mom.
_toodles: Not a doctor, but still a relevant story. When I was born, my father was 100% certain that I was not his because his blood type and my mom’s blood type couldn’t have produced me. He punched a hole in the wall in the hospital and yelled at my mom refusing to sign the birth certificate because I have A+ blood, my mom has 0 neg and he was positive that he had AB neg because that’s what his brand new dog tags said (he was in the army at the time). Turns out, they misprinted his dog tags. All his old tags said A positive.