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Chris Rock to the Rescue, as He Amuses a Woman in Labor

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Laughter may be the best medicine, and it’s also a great way to take your mind off pain, as evidenced by a little episode that played out Friday at a New Jersey shopping mall.

Funnyman Chris Rock was browsing the racks at Neiman Marcus in the Garden State Plaza mall when he noticed a pregnant woman’s water break mere feet away from him. (More on Eating Poppy Seeds in Pregnancy, an Ill-Advised Habit)

Many fellas might have been grossed out, but Rock — a father of two — rushed to help. He started cracking jokes, amusing the mom-to-be (who had to have been mortified; isn’t this every pregnant woman’s worst nightmare?) and the throng of rubbernecking shoppers until paramedics arrived.

“He was making the crowd and the woman in labor laugh,” an eyewitness told Us. “She recognized who he was immediately and he stayed there until the paramedics took her away.” (More on Time.com10 Questions for Chris Rock)

What would you do in a similar situation, assuming you lack the comedic skills with which Rock’s been blessed? Would you head in the opposite direction or stay to help?

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