Screamers and Blueberry Muffin Bread

I feel like pregnancy and childbirth always lead to some of the best medical stories.

On my third year pediatrics rotation, we have to spend a day attending any birth where a pediatrician must be present. This can be for emergencies, poor prenatal care, weird contraction patterns, et cetera.

In this case, we had a girl who presented to her clinic visit that day, only to discover that she was in labor and fully dilated. That baby was coming, and it was going to come fast.

Not if she had anything to do about it.

We could hear her screaming all the way down the hall as we walked into her room. For those of you that don’t know, you can only get an epidural up to a certain point in labor, and she was well past that by the time she even showed up to clinic. That resulted in this poor lady having a natural childbirth when she had previously stated she refused to give birth without an epidural.

Now, pain makes you do some crazy things. In this case, pain from childbirth was causing her to try to kick the delivery team away from her as she repeated threatened to “keep that damn baby in.”

This ordeal lasted for about 20 minutes until her mother finally showed up. Her mother was an extremely large woman, to put it nicely. And she was not happy at her daughter’s behavior.

She stomped into the room, pushed the delivery team out of the way, and got into her daughter’s face to scream over the wailing…

“Now you listen to me, you are gonna have that f***ing baby, and you are going to f***ing cooperate with these nice doctors, or I will f***ing rip that child outta your f***ingΒ  va-jay-jay myself. DO YOU F***ING UNDERSTAND ME???”

The baby was born within the next 5 minutes.

The next morning, we visited her room to check on the new little munchkin. The new mom gushed to us that childbirth had been a “wonderful, peaceful, calming experience,” and it was “sent from God” and she would “always have a natural childbirth.”

In the background, her mother glared daggers at us, daring us to say anything different.

Needless to say, we kept our mouths shut. Tightly.

Worth Screaming for Blueberry Muffin Bread

then just pass me one of these and I’ll shut up quickly

Ingredients- Muffin Bread

  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice plus enough milk (I used 1/2%) to make 3/4 c
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • Cooking spray

Ingredients- Streusel Topping

  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray mini loaf pans (you can also use muffin pans for this or a large loaf pan/jumbo muffin tin- if using either of those, reduce oven temp to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for approximately 30-45 minutes).
  2. Mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add in blueberries.
  3. In a large measuring cup, combine lemon juice and milk. Add vegetable oil and egg and stir well.
  4. Pour liquids into dry ingredients and stir until just combined (lumps are okay!).
  5. Divide batter equally among mini loaves, muffins, or just dump it all into one loaf pan.
  6. Mix together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon for topping. Cut in butter until the mixture looks clumpy. Sprinkle onto batter.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes (or see note above if you’re using an alternate pan) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool 5 minutes then enjoy!

79 thoughts on “Screamers and Blueberry Muffin Bread

  1. I have a co-worker delivering in about 6 weeks – I’ll share this story with her AFTER she delivers. But, maybe I’ll bring in the bread beforehand!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is nuts!! Having 2 children myself, keeping them in was certainly the last thing that I wanted – even during a natural childbirth….

    You have the craziest stories!!

  3. I’ve gotta say, I love the format of your posts! Your stories are always hilarious and the recipes look great. I’m definitely going to try this recipe out!

  4. Love that story! And thanks for the recipe. Natural childbirth is fun. Did it twice. No epidurals back then or I would had me one of them, for sure! lol! Thanks for the recipe, too!

  5. omg I just love your stories. they never cease to make me laugh. this recipe looks wonderful and I just happen to have several large bags of blueberries from last summers picking left…. πŸ™‚

  6. My wife still speaks reverently about her epidural. I don’t think we would have made it without. Funny birth moment: I was doing a crossword between contractions when I noticed the book my wife brought to read. It was Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. If you’ve never read it, It’s a comedy about the birth of the anti-christ. She just grabbed a book on the way out the door.

  7. Hilarious! I too did not make it in time for my epidural and profanity came flying out left, right. I was at a Catholic hospital. My doc understood as my plan did not involve natural labor. I did not want the baby to stay in, I just wanted to pain to stop.

    Thanks for visiting and reading. πŸ˜‰ Look forward to exploring your blog

  8. Wow. I had my daughter young! but my mom stood over me and said “don’t you dare make a sound and embarass me!’ and I didn’t. The nurses and doctors thought something was wrong with me.
    This looks so delicious.
    You landed on my potpourri blog… If you like food & photography mostly I keep that blog next door at
    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  9. What a great story!!! I needed a laugh this morning. Thanks so much!! And, I will have to try out your recipe.

    Have a marvelous day!

  10. This gives me a new idea to use up some frozen blueberries, thanks. I’m enjoying the combination of your medical annecdotes and recipes. You simply have to have a sense of humour to get through medicine or nursing. I could tell many! OK – one I’ll never forget. A young couple (15 & 16 or so) came into Emerg wanting a pregnancy test. Our very kind triage nurse asked her, “How far along do you think you are Dear?” The girl answered, “Maybe 15 minutes.” Needless to say, one of the docs took them to an examining room to explain the birds and the bees business.

  11. HI there! Thanks for liking my post, I really like yours too! And what a combination, domestic diva medic extraordinaire! That’s awesome. I am a domestic with a job as an engineering project manager. And all my bloke colleagues put my cooking to shame, I promise!

  12. I survived without epidural and I was having twin. At some point I also thought of keeping them in, just so I won’t have to live the pain of child birthing. Great story and yummy bread, I did use the lemon juice but it is still yummy. How’s the residency?

  13. Domestic Diva, I love you!! That cracked me up. Hilarious! I was in labour for exactly 4 hours, and while there was a lot of pain, no drama like the above-mentioned. The only nasty thing I did was spit out some fizzy masala lemon water one of the nurses gave me. It tasted funny. And was too fizzy. I apologised though.

  14. I’m glad you decided to follow my blog, so I could find yours and have a good laugh / be absolutely terrified! I don’t have kids (yet?) and those story aren’t exactly reassuring haha

  15. Thanks for visiting Good Penmanship! Man, it would have ALMOST have been worth it to forgo the epidural in favor of a birthing story that involved someone hollering va-jay-jay in the birthing suite. Next time, next time…

  16. My girl friend is about to give birth to her second child any day now. I hope she does not have to go through all that crazy stuff your patient did. The muffin bread looks great.

  17. brilliant story and great recipe! My god daughter is studying to be a mid wife and has just attended her first birth which ended up beign a caesarian, must send her the link to your blog!

  18. Mmm! This looks so scrumptious – bread & blueberries = ambrosial. I’ll have to try it out some time soon.
    It’s a shame we don’t use cups for measuring on this side of the Atlantic! I will find a conversion table πŸ™‚

  19. Thank goodness you ended that story with something nice. I was about to go away thinking, “I’m never having kids,” but now I’ll associate childbirth with yummy blueberry bread.

    Mmmm….That looks soooo good!

  20. I was implying that that is how I would hear you talk in real life. For example: “Gosh darn it all, don’t be such a Fidgety Frank, and sit still from this fudging needle” comes to the wet noodle in my head as something that crosses through your lips on the reg.

  21. Love the story and the recipe. Sounds a lot like my daugher when she had her first. Only she tried to run around the room. I told her to get the you know what back in bed, ccoperate with the nurses and shut the heck up.

  22. When I was pregnant with my first child the same thing happened to me. I arrived at the Dr’s office and they told me I was in labor! I too did not have time for an epidural! It was painful of course, and a little scary, but when they lay a beautiful baby on your tummy… all the pain goes away πŸ™‚
    Thanks for liking the post on my blog.

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