The miracle of birth is a wonderful thing - but those long hours of intense labour can be draining, stressful and of course painful.
During those tense hours, or sometimes days, parents to be are stuck in a what feels like a never-ending cycle of doctors visits and perpetual waiting - often without rest or relief.
It was a different case for Tariq Quareshy from Leicester though, who couldn't resist a cheeky takeaway while his girlfriend, Cardine, was in labour.
The 23-year-old had been at Leicester Royal Infirmary since 4pm on August 30 but by 10pm, and with the baby nowhere in sight, he was starting to feel a little peckish.
Clearly not fancying the food available in the hospital canteen, Tariq opted for a Deliveroo instead, ordering a double cheeseburger, chips and buffalo wings (what, no drink?)
He shared the magical moment his food was delivered on Twitter.
Fortunately for him he was able to enjoy his food at the very moment his daughter Aiyana arrived into the world.
Talking to The Sun he said:
I asked the midwife if she wanted anything. She gave me an odd look.
I was tucking in as the baby arrived at 11.04pm.
Safe to say that his partner Cardine wasn't too impressed.
When Cardine came round I asked her if she wanted a buffalo wing.
She swore at me.
He did get some love from his pals at Deliveroo though.