When she discovered she was pregnant, actress Kellie Martin, 32, decided that she’d pursue a natural birth with her daughter Maggie, turning 13-months-old tomorrow. In Kellie’s mind, if her mom could do it, so could she! Like many women who set out to deliver without the aid of painkillers, however, Kellie found herself second-guessing the decision as she entered active labor; Thanks to some quick-thinking by her husband and hospital staff Kellie got her wish. Her birth story, as recently told to the ‘Every Baby Has A Story’ campaign, is below.
I was actually like two weeks late. And I think I was ready a month before my due date! The nursery was done, like every little onesie was in its place, the shoes…everything. And I pretty much got to sit around for a month and a half, waiting for my baby to decide that she was ready to come. And, of course, she didn’t decide. I was induced, and I really, really wanted to have her naturally. No drugs, no nothing, because that’s what my mom did with me so I figured — you know — I’m as tough as my mother!
We got a couple of hours into the real, good contractions and they broke my water … and once that happened, I said ‘Okay, no, no, no, no…can’t do it. Can’t do it! Drugs! Somebody help me…I have to have drugs.’ And my husband knew how important it was to me to have Maggie naturally so he just kept changing the subject, and my nurse kept changing the subject…She’d be like ‘Ooooh, look! It’s so beautiful outside!’ And I was like, ‘Seriously, no one is listening to me.’ And by that point I’d really forgotten that I needed the drugs, and it was time to push.
I was only in active labor for like four hours and then started pushing and she was out like that (snaps fingers). And the cool thing is that I felt amazing afterwards, and Maggie was wide awake, ready to go. Not that giving birth is an easy experience, but it was just the most amazing thing to be able to (give birth and) feel like ‘Okay, what are we doing now?’ And I’d just had a child! It was pretty cool.
Kellie and her husband Keith have been married since 1999.
Every parent loves to share their birth story, and celebrities are no different. The March of Dimes recently launched its ‘Every Baby Has A Story’ campaign, where you can also share your own baby story or read some of the 1,175 baby stories that have been posted. ‘Every Baby Has a Story” is a new grassroots and integrated media project celebrating babies, those born healthy as well as those who need help to survive and thrive, launched by the March of Dimes.