Aaron Paul on his wife’s upcoming labor: Our doula told me to never say ‘relax’ or ‘breathe’

First of all, if you are not watching The Path on Hulu or if you have never heard of it, give it a chance. The writing is compelling, the performances are top notch and I consider it one of the most underrated shows out now. It centers around a modern cult with some similarities to Scientology. Aaron Paul stars along with Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy. The third season just premiered and again it’s superb.

Did you know that Aaron Paul’s wife was pregnant? I didn’t remember, but they announced it a while ago. Aaron and activist Lauren Parsekian got married in 2013 and they’re expecting their first child any day now, a girl. In most of his interviews while they were dating and after they got married, Aaron gushes about Lauren and it’s clear he adores her. So I’m looking forward to these two having a kid together. You just know that they’ll be wonderful parents. Plus there’s something nice about a couple waiting a while before having their first kid. (No shade on couples who don’t wait or who can’t conceive, I’m just making a mild observation.) Anyway Aaron was on Jimmy Kimmel and he talked about the advice his doula gave them while preparing for the birth. A doula is like a birth consultant who helps you prepare for a baby and go through childbirth.

Aaron: I love babies. I have always loved babies.

Have you taken classes?
Kind of, we got a doula. I had no idea what a doula was, but she’s teaching us some stuff.

The doula is there replace you
I learned that really quickly. She’s teaching me some stuff. She’s like “First thing you need to know is never say the word ‘relax’ and don’t ever say ‘breathe.'” She said that my wife would most likely hit me if I do. She goes “Just prepare yourself. I’ve helped deliver over 600 babies and 100 percent of the time the mother absolutely hates the partner.”

[From The Jimmy Kimmel Show via People]

I hired a doula and had my baby at a birth center with midwives. Afterwards I wondered if I wasted that $600 because the doula didn’t add anything to the birth process with those other two women already there in a home-like setting. She didn’t give my partner any advice though, like not to tell me to relax or to breathe. I like that advice, although I didn’t hate my baby’s dad during labor like his doula claimed, I just wanted to focus on the task. There’s nothing more annoying when you’re pissed off and stressed than being told to relax and I’m sure that is doubly true when you’re in labor.

Aaron also talked about Breaking Bad as it’s the tenth anniversary of the first episode this week. His character, Jesse Pinkman, was supposed to be killed off the first season but that obviously didn’t happen. Creator/showrunner Vince Gilligan told Aaron that he initially wanted to kill off Jesse, but he only told him after he made the decision not to. Aaron said he’s “been called ‘bitch’ more than anyone on the planet” and that he’s proud of that. He obviously loves his fans and is grateful to the show, which is nice to see. He’s going to be a great dad!

Here’s the relevant part of Aaron’s interview and there’s a second part on Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube channel.


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I love these pics with his family in Vegas!

Date night with this pretty little bird. I love you Italy. I will miss you. 🍷

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  1. Whoopsy Daisy says:

    I find him very annoying. Especially when he talks about his wife. Way too much gushing.

  2. Lucy says:

    Apologies for maybe ruining the mood but I’ll be so, so, so sad if any allegations about him ever come out. Please be as kind and sweet as you seem, Aaron!!

  3. BengalCat2000 says:

    His Nana’s pinkie ring is epic! Love him.

  4. Lilith says:

    Yes, I’ve often wondered about people who gush over their partners so much. Are they really trying to convince themselves? His wife is very pretty but that doesn’t mean perfect.

  5. INeedANap says:

    Congrats to them! I hope she has a healthy delivery.

    My dad said that when my mom was giving birth to me, at one point she looked him dead in the eye and quietly said “You do this to me again and I will use you for fertilizer.” He laughs it off now but I am the youngest…

  6. Erinn says:

    I used to like him. But he rubs me the wrong way in recent years. I’m not sure what it is. He made a point of calling out Logan Paul for the shit he did – which, hey, Logan needed to check himself absolutely. But when your entire claim to fame is saying “Yeah, science, bitch!” I’m not sure how you can have SUCH an air of superiority over other people. I don’t know what it is – because honestly he’s probably a nice enough guy. But the whole instagram gushing over his wife and the thing about the exes a few years back was when I started thinking “okay, dude, stop”:

    “I just want to give a shout out to all of my ex’s right now. Some of you were incredible women and it was just never the right fit for us, some of you were pretty crazy and I felt like I was losing my mind but I wish you all the best, but all of you have something incredible in common. You all led me to her. So thank you for that. Ok bye.”

    There’s always something fishy when you need to constantly show the world how much you adore someone. Especially at the expense of other people. Putting someone on a pedestal like he does with his wife is pretty unhealthy, honestly. When you’re spending so much time showing just how haaapppeeeeee you are, it makes me wonder if you’re trying to convince yourself. It’s kind of Leann-ish.

    • BrandyAlexander says:

      I just think that’s the age of social media now. I know SO many people who do this. It gets on my nerves too. I didn’t know about the ex thing, That is ridiculous.

      But I also wouldn’t reduce his career, or even his time on Breaking Bad, to that one line. He deserves all the awards during that show, and especially the last season. He played that role in such a heart breaking way, he was the only character I was rooting for by the end.

  7. Marigold says:

    I didn’t use a doula but did use a midwife, who was really soothing and low key and I think it’s a pretty garbage thing to say 100% of wives hate their partners during labor. It’s patently untrue and sets them up for a weird labor and delivery. Partners can often be the greatest support you have while having a baby. Why discount him before it’s even begun? My husband was my rock when I was giving birth. He never did say “relax” though because I would have broken his hand if he had.

    • Wisca says:

      My first delivery doctor was a sports medicine specialist in the Midwest. He treated the delivery like it was a marathon. He was so chill and encouraging, and I used no meds. He was amazing, cried, and cleaned up afterward! My husband was very supportive and I was not angry with him in any way. If anything, I loved his participation.

    • Aries Dracul says:

      My husband was amazing for the births of our kids! Wouldn’t change a thing.

  8. TyrantDestroyed says:

    My mom and my husband did the Doulas jobs during my childbirth. I was pretty amazing to have your 2 favourite people supporting you during and after this experience.

  9. Scal says:

    I like the maternity pic that he doesn’t make himself the center of attention (I’m looking at you Justin Timberlake)

    And far from hating my partner, I 100% needed him throughout labor. I do know some girlfriends that had a doula in the hospital that acted as a advocate for when nurses/docs were being pushy (this was in a rural hospital where they pushed for c-sections at double the national average).

  10. HelloSunshine says:

    I don’t know anyone who hated their partner, yelled at them, etc. during labor. Is it actually common? My husband was my partner through my labor and was with me and supportive the whole time, and even when things got scary I didn’t feel the need to yell at him or anything lol

  11. Nicole Savannah, GA says:

    He is really creepy. I feel like he is very similar to my psycho first boyfriend. Girl better NEVER divorce him.
    He gives off really ew vibes. My fiance and I don’t gush. Maybe because we have been together almost 10 years and have known each other since we were 14?

    • KicktheSticks says:

      Wow, you’re projecting your negative feelings about a terrible ex onto a total stranger you don’t even know. That’s not fair.

  12. pissykrissy says:

    I was one of the wives who didn’t want my husband around while I was in labor! I didn’t necessarily hate him or yell mean things, but I just wanted to be left alone as I got through the contractions. He checked on me every so often which was cool with me 😂

  13. Amelia says:

    As a L&D nurse…. this doula sounds questionable. The birth experience is whatever you make it/want it/need it to be. I quite often help my patients harness and focus on their breathing as a coping mechanism for labor pain. Some women do well with their spouses, others don’t. It seems to be easier to be snappy/mean with someone you have a personal relationship with, rather then an “outsider” nurse/Dr/doula. Some husbands have been the most incredible and effective labor support possible, but need skills and methods a doula can teach.

  14. KicktheSticks says:

    I remember Lainey saying that he always seemed a lot more into his wife than she seems into him and now I can’t unsee that. Maybe it’s just photo assumption but it does seem obvious. As for the whole “relax” thing, I’d be okay with hearing “breathe” because, yes, you can forget to breathe deeply in labor but I’d probably not be too happy hearing my man tell me to relax!

  15. Sarah B says:

    I told my husband that I would KILL him if he said “it’s fine” or “it’s going to be okay.”

  16. HoustonGrl says:

    I have met his wife and she is equally in love with him. Some couples are just like that, they are very compatible! Congrats to them.