Actual videos of women going through the pains of labor aren’t always inspiring. At a deep level, yes–but seeing people writhe in pain has a way of unsettling some viewers. Though Hollywood has tried, endlessly, to recreate the moment, it seems impossible, especially when they try to make childbirth funny. Yet a woman in Detroit has done just that, and it is breaking the internet.
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“Just because I’m about to be a mother doesn’t mean I have to grow up,” writes Katie Stricker Curtis. Her cries are digitally translated into Shyriiwook, the language of the Wookies from the Star Wars universe.
The masks first went viral after Candace Payne posted a video of herself laughing while wearing one in the front seat of her car back in May. Her silly video had the ability to make almost everyone laugh, and it became the most viewed Facebook Live post ever.
Katie Stricker Curtis’s clip isn’t quite as raucous, but there is a deeper element to the laughter. Childbirth is idealized as a transformative moment. This often results in people trying very hard to make beautiful and meaningful what can be, for some, intensely painful and traumatic.
Stricker Curtis’s video brings a new element to the ritual: laughter. Instead of trying to frighten others with the traumatic footage of pain, or romanticizing the experience and glossing over the pain, she’s transformed it into something surreal and a bit ludicrous.
And for those keeping score at home, Stricker Curtis, Chewbacca mask and all, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jayden.
“Bwahahahahs,” she wrote, “never take life too seriously! Best Christmas gift ever!”
It is unclear how the nurses and doctors attending the birth felt about the mask. Hopefully they had a good sense of humor.