Tomorrow my wife is being induced, and, theoretically, our third child will be born. A girl (or so we’ve been told).

When a coworker called a few days ago to let us know that his wife would be induced later that evening, one my teammates inquired as to the proper response in such a situation.

“Is ‘Good luck!’ acceptable?” he wondered. “How does that come across? There’d be nothing quite like saying, ‘Hope she doesn’t die!‘”

2 Comments so far

  1. Matt on August 28th, 2007

    I think “Congratulations” might be a more fitting response, although I suppose it’s more fitting after the fact.

    I’m not sure “Good luck” is quite as crass as “Hope she doesn’t die,” you might also wish “Good luck” to someone getting a cast removed, and you don’t necessarily mean, “Hope they don’t screw up and cut your arm off.”

    So, umm, good luck in a good way? And congratulations? Now you’ve got me extremely self-conscious of what I say. 😉

  2. Mr. T on August 28th, 2007

    While we were waiting for my wife to have our son via C-section her grandmother in the waiting room kept saying “I wish she were well” as if having a baby was some sort of sickness. She was old though so that is an excuse. I think with an inducement “good luck” should be ok. That’s probably better than “I hope everything comes out OK.”

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