As a mother of six myself and a registered nurse, I just can't seem to control my incredulity.
Yes, I'm talking about the Republicans' nominee for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and her fifth child, Trig, a baby with Down Syndrome born in a small Alaskan hospital after Palin's water broke almost 18 hours earlier in Texas, where she addressed a governors' conference.
When a woman's water breaks, the rule is "get to the hospital now." If contractions do not begin on their own, the doctor will induce them. The baby must be born within 24 hours, because of the high risk of infection.