A co-worker just went into labor. Or her water broke. Whatever would lead her to say "I'm gushing," while gesturing to the sweater tied to her waist. She didn't seem to be in pain and was laughing about the fact that her husband was five minutes away from the office to take her to the Dr. So, I was wondering about the pain thing. I would prefer to hear from mothers, but fathers who consult with the mothers may be a somewhat adequate alternative. I thought it was like a water baloon and the pain starts as soon as it pops - so the pain level doesn't change too much (with the "gush" greasing the path like really good mexican food). The wife (not a mother), says that the pain builds, but the beginning is the panic stage (especially for "newbies") - although the co-worker is having her first. She probably has a better grasp, but I would like to know how this whole process works. So, what's the deal? How does the pain work in the last part of baby-making? What does my wife have to look forwards to and when am I going ot be cowering in a corner as she threatens to make sure that I can't ever do that to her again?