Seth Meyers’ Wife Gave Birth in Their Apartment Lobby

Seth Meyers’ Wife Gave Birth in Their Apartment Lobby

-Usually — guys, usually
I come to work at 9 in the morning. I came into work just about
an hour ago today, because my wife gave birth to
a baby boy yesterday afternoon. [ Cheers and applause ]
And… I thank you.
Thank you so much. [ Cheers and applause
continue ] Here’s the thing. Two years ago I sat at this desk
and I told a story about how my first son, Ash,
was born and how it was very dramatic
in that my wife — her contractions started
coming very quickly, very suddenly, and we were
really worried that she was going to give birth in the Uber,
and we just made it — just made it to the hospital with basically 20 minutes
to spare. Well, move over, that story. [ Laughter ] ‘Cause that’s so normal compared
to what happened yesterday. Wake up, totally normal Sunday,
go to brunch. We’ll go to the park. My wife
starts feeling something. We’d been talking
to the doctor. We have a friend — our friend
Neelu, is a — she’s a doula. She’s like a midwife.
Talking to her. Everything sounds fine, but
we’re thinking today is the day we’re going to work our way
to the hospital. But again, nothing. 20 minutes
apart, everything’s fine. I’m feeding our son Ash lunch. My wife is upstairs with
my mother-in-law, Joanne. And about 20 minutes into lunch,
Joanne comes downstairs and just looks at me and says, “We have to go
to the hospital now!” [ Laughter ]
…which was not the calm I was looking for.
[ Laughter ] It was like Bill Paxton
in “Aliens.” It was like, “Game over, man!”
I’m like, whoa. [ Laughter ] Because Joanne hadn’t been there
the last time. I’d been there. And so I kind of knew how
dramatic it was last time, but I figured we had plenty of
time to get to the hospital. So my sister-in-law, Ariel,
she comes over to watch Ash, who’s in his crib taking a nap.
Neelu joins us, and the four of us
get in the elevator. My wife is in an intense amount
of pain. It seems like now it’s just
one long contraction. We get into the lobby
of our building. I have called an Uber.
The Uber is outside. And we basically get
to the steps of our building. We’re in the lobby and we’re
walking down the steps, and my wife just says,
“I can’t get in the car. I’m going to have the baby
right now. The baby is coming.” And I — I’m just trying
to calm her down. I’m like,
look, this is it again. I know ’cause I’ve been through
exactly one birth. [ Laughter ] I’m like,
“This happens all the time. You’re feeling — It’s not —
Trust me, I know what I’m tal–” And but even our doula, Neelu,
was saying, “Like, look, it’s — this is —
you’re going to be fine.” And she’s like —
My wife is saying, “The baby is coming.
The baby is — The baby is out,” at which point Neelu looked,
and then looked at me and said, “The baby is out.” [ Laughter ] And I looked at my wife,
and the only way I can describe how my wife looked was she
looked like someone who was hiding a baby in a pair
of sweatpants. [ Laughs ] [ Laughter ]
It was… It was like somebody was trying to, like,
sneak a baby on a plane. [ Laughter ] And so then we’re trying —
so we — like, we bail. We’re not going to leave.
So we walk back in and we had to decide
do we go into the lobby or back on the elevator?
Those are terrible options when what you’re looking for
is a hospital, because neither of them are
very close to a hospital. So my wife basically decided
for us, and she went and she lied down in our lobby. And we just sort of, like,
created, like, a semicircle around her and, you know,
we undressed her, and the baby was just out.
The head of the baby was out. I called 9-1-1.
This is how fast it happened. I called 9-1-1 and over the
course of a minute conversation, I basically said, “We’re about
to have a baby. We’re having a baby.
We had a baby.” [ Laughter ] [ Applause ]
It was… [ Cheers and applause ] I went — I went from someone,
like, calling in about an emergency
to just sharing good news with a stranger.
[ Laughter ] It was like, “Yeah, it’s a boy.
Yeah, it’s great. You’ve probably got stuff
to do.” Anyway, so my wife basically
takes our baby and puts him on her chest
and is incredibly calm for what she just went through.
I, uh… And then fire department,
NYPD, the amount of people that were in our lobby
was insane. Uh, what? You don’t believe
the entire fire department came into our lobby
to help us deliver our baby? There they are. Look at that.
New York’s finest. [ Cheers and applause ] Um… Lookit. Look at that. Cool dude.
Knew to put my hand on her head. [ Laughter ] -There’s that. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ]
I was not… [ Laughs ] Uh…No one — No one offered me
oxygen, I should point out. [ Laughter ] Then I had to call our doctor.
I’m calling our doctor. One of the firemen
cut the umbilical cord. That, I guess, is something,
they also know how to do, which was incredible —
did a great job. Because when we got to the
hospital, I said, “How is that?” And they said,
“He did a great job.” And the other crazy thing was
we — our neighbors — like we’re —
like, other people — like, people live
in this building, and our doormen,
who were amazing — they basically were stopping
neighbors from walking into their own lobby because of
what was happening. And the other thing
was my wife was, like, facing — her legs were, like,
facing the elevators. [ Laughter ] -And, like, thank God no one
came down. [ Laughter ]
Because that would have made for so many awkward interactions
for the rest of the time. Like, “Hey, I was there
that day.” Oh, yeah, yeah. So — and we had not —
I should point out we have not lived in this building
for a long time at all. We just moved in at the end
of last year. I’m so glad that we are already
co-op-approved, ’cause I don’t know. [ Laughter ] And these people, you know,
that I just — I know a little bit from the elevator. I know a little bit
from the lobby. I mean, I cannot tell you
the kindness we experienced from them. People running up to get us
blankets. They were putting towels
in their dryer so we had warm towels
to keep the baby warm. It was just this incredible
outpouring of kindness from people we barely knew.
I kept apologizing. I kept being like, “I’m so sorry
about this,” and, of course, everyone was saying, “Oh, my
God. Oh, my God. Don’t worry,” which was so sweet to do,
and of course, there’s no alternative.
It’s not like I would say, “Oh, my God. I’m so sorry,”
and they would say, “This isn’t what
the lobby’s for!” [ Laughter ] And…then, uh, you know,
we, uh, and then EMTs came, and the EMTs
got her onto the stretcher. And then we went — there was
an ambulance waiting for us. And we got into the ambulance,
and as we were loading my wife in the ambulance, there was —
it’s a one-way street, so there was one car
waiting for us to load my wife
in the ambulance. And again, I said to him, like,
I’m so sorry. And he did this, which was
the most New York thing. He just went… [ Laughter ] Like, he was like, “I g–
all right.” [ Laughter ] “Yeah. Okay.
I don’t have a choice.” [ Laughter ] And then — I mean, we got to
the hospital and everything — everything was fine. It was — you know, it’s crazy,
obviously, anything — anytime anyone
has a baby, it’s crazy. but I just — I owe —
there’s just so many people, if you don’t mind,
I would like to thank. I would like to thank our
incredible doorman, Kevin Ramon. I would like to thank the NYPD,
I would like to thank the firemen from Engine 24. I would like to thank
our incredible EMTs who showed up and got us
to our hospital, our doctor, Dr. Romoff, the incredible staff
at Lenox Hill. [bleep] the Uber driver,
who charged me. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ]
I mean, for real. [ Cheers and applause ]
Because… [ Applause ] ‘Cause we did you a huge favor. [ Laughter ] We were about to, like,
negative star your Uber. Also want to thank
my sister-in-law, Ariel, who watched our son. Neelu, who I literally don’t
know what we would have done what I would’ve done if I —
yeah. Um… [ Laughter ]
And then I want to thank Joanne, my mother-in-law,
who was incredible. She really was. I couldn’t have
done it without her. We named our son Axel. Here’s
a normal picture of Axel. There he is. Um… -Aw! [ Cheers and applause ] -Uh, we named him Axel because
it’s just a name we like, but I’m going to tell him
it’s because firemen were there when
he was born. [ Laughs ] [ Laughter ]
-He’ll say, “I don’t like it!” I’ll say,
“You could have been Hose!” [ Laughter ] His middle name is Strahl, which is
my mother-in-law Joanne — That’s her parents’ name.
That’s her maiden name. And I never met
my wife’s grandparents, but I’ve heard so much
about them, and they were —
they were Holocaust survivors who met the day after
they were liberated. They met in a hospital
in Austria. And days like this,
you really — you know when someone is born,
you just have such an appreciation for everyone
in your lineage who lived so that you could have
this moment. And we’re just so happy
to give him this name for people who obviously
had, uh, had to work so hard to do that.
And, uh… [ Cheers and applause ] Uh, but, of course, mostly
I just want to, uh… thank my wife, who, uh,
you know, obviously has to get an apartment closer
to the hospital. [ Laughter ] But…I mean, she’s so amazing,
and I… You know, my kids —
like, you know, I haven’t known ’em very long,
but I can guarantee you I’m gonna — I’m going to love
them unconditionally forever. But, uh, as far — when I —
just the speed in which she took this guy and, like,
had him on her and I just watched them.
Like, that guy is gonna be — that kid’s going to be fine
forever because of her. [ Voice breaking ]
Um, she’s really amazing. I’m still getting choked up
thinking about how brave I was. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ]
But, um… [ Cheers and applause ]
Uh… [ Applause continues ] But, you know, obviously I just
want to — I thank
my beautiful wife, Alexi, who is twice now
an incredible rock star with these incredible
deliveries and stories. And thank you to everyone here for indulging me
on this crazy story and welcome Axel Strahl Meyers
to the world.

100 thoughts on “Seth Meyers’ Wife Gave Birth in Their Apartment Lobby

  1. Probably your wife is a jewish

  2. he still has the hospital tag on his wrist

  3. almost all 2nd+ babies come faster….didn't they warn you? lol…both of your baby birth stories are really good…

  4. When I need to smile, I watch this clip. Love you so much!

  5. @ 2:19 he kinda goes into his trump voice lol "trust me"

  6. Dimples! The baby has dimples, too cute! 🤣🤣 😂😂 🤣🤣

  7. I usually don't care about tv shows hosts personal life but I'm sincerely happy for you


  9. Kick ass mama!

  10. Oh great!…..He's crying, so now I'm crying! Bawling, actually, I think I'm bawling!

    You're a good man Seth! Hug and kiss those babies and your amazing wife!

  11. If you were in San Diego, called Lyft, and got me, I wouldn’t have charged you, Seth.

  12. His happiness shines out it's wonderful to see a man react this way

  13. Why does the Fire Department respond for a medical emergency??

  14. Next Time how about a home birthday

  15. What a sweet story

  16. Nobody offered me oxygen😂😂

  17. Congratulations Seth! Your wife is a rock star! Please give her, and your kids my best!

  18. ❤️ congrats to you both

  19. One of the BEST, HEARTWARMING AND HILARIOUS stories I've ever heard!!! CONGRATS!!!

  20. I have the same condition his wife has. The more kids you have the faster the process gets. I was already in the hospital when I went into labor (I work at a hospital) I started contractions, got an epidural, fell asleep, woke up then within two minutes the nurse said “ok you’re ready to go. I’m going to go get your team and it’ll take a couple minutes for us to set up and you can start pushing.” I said okay then immediately took a deep breath saying “oh my god I’m having a contraction. Oh my god she’s coming.” My little girl was out before I got the word coming out. The nurse instantly ran back to me saying “oh my god the baby it out!” Literally 2 minutes and one one push.

  21. You are a funny, blessed and humble man Mr. Meyers!

  22. That was a beautiful story

  23. God bless your family

  24. Went from crying of laughter to sadness real quick. Damn

  25. Women are amazing 💖

    I guess Seth did great too😂

  26. He wasn't admitted surely, why does he need a bracelet?

  27. Spontaneous delivery? Lucky I suppose

  28. Oh this video is over a year old. How is the baby?

  29. Congratulations 🎉

  30. This is a story I needed to hear to have a good day. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Next time decide on a home birth.😘

  32. This just sounds like an extremely detailed excuse as to why you’re late to work

  33. 8:35!! Awwww! Look at those gorgeous dimples!! 😱❤️❤️❤️

  34. I love me a Jewish boy. His name is Seth Meyers!

  35. I'd be pissed if I were his Uber driver. One more minute and that would have been in his car. Congratulations though.

  36. A good excuse to get rid of that hideous green carpet.

  37. all i gotta say is believe pregnant women

  38. where can i find the background behind him?

  39. Congratulations Seth, your wife, son and the rest of the family on the birth of your second son. Such a great story. 🚖 👶🚓🚒🚑 💞😄😂 .

  40. The same thing happened to my mum, she gave birth to my little brother in the elevator on her way out of the building x)

  41. I had a mid wife for the birth of my sons 💜💜👍🏼I’m about to have a baby 👶

  42. You made me cry you s.o.b. – kidding – what an amazing story – Mazel Tov and blessings on your beautiful family

  43. Can we please hear that 911 call?

  44. Bless her heart! It’s insane! I had my baby in my bathtub. Not planned. Just woke up and it was go time. Bless her heart ❤️ And wonderful for him!

  45. Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing. xo

  46. AMAZING STORY but I would never name my children those names. Hope they are happy with them though 🙂

  47. I love this amazing story! Thank you for sharing it. I didn't cry, you cried.

  48. Stefon just gave birth! Awww…

  49. Omg when he started getting emotion!!…😭😭😭

  50. I love heart felt and kind of sad moments but damn tearing up gives me bad headaches

  51. Oh love ❤️ #NeverForget

  52. This is so sweet! I’m so happy for Seth and his beautiful wife. Man!

  53. “No birthing in the lobby” – said in Mr. Mosby voice

  54. Congratulations to you and your family. Beautiful story that shows what an amazing human you are❤️

  55. I’m not crying, you’re crying 😭😭😭

  56. 💚💛💚💛💚

  57. Congrats!!!❤️

  58. i love this story

  59. how can there be 2100 dislikes. What are you lucifer??

  60. As I watched my astrologer inner voice kept yelling, "Did someone note the time of birth?" Great story. Loved the way he acknowledged his wife and ancestors. Mazeltov!

  61. She must have ben under a huge amount pressure that Seth could not even finish the 911 call before she shot out the baby out in less than 1 minute and for a reference my sister needed over 8 hours to be born that's how long it took I almost fell asleep from waiting and he just on the phone chitchating with the 911 responder about the baby you Americans really amaze me every time on the new.

  62. What an awesome way for a comedian's wife to have a baby. Way to give him great material Mama!! Top this next time.

  63. The most remarkable thing is a baby talking. That's just wild.

  64. People, this is insane. If the first baby came so quick you ought to know that für second One will also come fast. In ihr family all Babys are delivered between 2 to 5 hours after the water broke.

  65. Seth gona gona cry..

  66. Why didn't she have an abortion like a good liberal? We have enough white people on the planet. Hypocrite.

  67. Lucky and so blessed woman didn’t have to suffer long labor.

  68. Congradulations!

  69. Hahhahahaha… awesome story 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😍😍😍😍😍😍💜💜💜💜💜💝💝💝💝💝💝 recent miracle vibrations the best The Goddess within me blesses all of your world..

  70. Hahahahhahahahahahaha….

  71. I have a friend who gave birth to her two children as fast as your wife did. It’s a rare gift. She’s very fortunate. What a beautiful story.

  72. I have a question why the NYPD and Firemen were there?

  73. Never ever has a comedy segment made me tear up like this did. 😭🤣🤣🤣😭

  74. I need a kid to have something to talk about on tv. Here. My legs are spread. Knock me up. I know how to do it now. Do you need a drink first?

  75. That's okay, buddy. If I was you, I'd barf on the NY subway home and go back to my spouse after drinking my fill too. Oops, I spilled my coffee.

  76. Congratulations, Seth!!!

  77. How Wonderful! Many many blessings on you, your amazing wife, and your two kids who know “How to MAKE an entrance!!”

  78. who else came here and expect it to be about Stefon going into labor?


  80. I thought i was gonna make it through this without crying which is what usually happens around birth stories BUT NOPE
    What an amazing woman you are married to. Great job daddy. Could have been named HOSE LMAO

  81. Welcome Axil

  82. This is the kind of story we need right now!

  83. Seth, NY’s finest are the NYPD. The FDNY are NY’s bravest lol

  84. OMG!! His dimples 😍😍 so precious!! Blessed be!!

  85. Ash, had such a coming out party that he made the opening monologue.
    Axel, "hold my umbilical cord"

  86. A year later I still cry

  87. Should have named him Lobby. Congrats

  88. This is the best story ever and I love revisiting it every now and then!! So so so amazing!!!

  89. Seth, you need to start listening to your mother in law ! Congrats to the awesome family, esp Mom ❤

  90. 😃🙏😂👍👍

  91. i'm breaking up with tears

  92. Omg! I think I fell in love with seth just now. Lol It's just amazing to see a man express his feelings even if it makes him look like a big fattie cry baby. Lol jk jk. Congrats on your bundle!

  93. In the Uber drivers defense, it's not the driver that controls that, lol. Call the company and let them know what happened

  94. Seriously, who gives this a thumbs down???

  95. Nice seeing Seth share some positive news for a change.

  96. Seriously, why would anyone give a dislike to this?
    It’s such an amazing story!

  97. They should name their new baby Lobby 😂

  98. 2.1k douchecanoes gave this a thumbs down. 🖕

  99. Yup. It’s just birth. 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  100. Completely teared up over the middle name. The whole video was great. Laughed and cried.

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