Lake Bell is revealing the â€œamazing magical mayhemâ€ that was her home birth with son Ozgood in 2017.
The actress, 40, opened up about her labor experience in a new episode of her Bless This Mess costar Dax Shepardâ€™s podcast Armchair Expert. Bell, who welcomed her second child with husband Scott Campbell in May 2017, recalled the â€œegregious up and downâ€ of giving birth to son Ozgood at her Los Angeles home.
â€œWe had two home births. The first was with [daughter] Nova in Brooklyn. I felt very empowered â€¦ the home birth was this amazing primal bonding,â€ the mother of two said. â€œWhen my daughter came out, she had the [umbilical] cord wrapped around her neck, and it was very scary. She was on my chest and she wasnâ€™t breathing. The midwife gave her three lifesaving breaths on my chest and my husband was there. She came to life and we saw it.â€
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Bell added, â€œI felt very empowered by that experience,â€ and wanted to do it again.
However, her second home birth didnâ€™t go nearly as smoothly.
â€œI got pregnant again, and this time weâ€™re in L.A. and I said, I want a home birth again. We had him at home. I was huge, he was 11 lbs. The same thing happened, I was at home and he had the cord wrapped around and he was on my chest,â€ Bell shared. â€œHe was not coming to. Now youâ€™re in really fâ€”ing life and death. Your child is there and the entire room is trying to resuscitate him and they canâ€™t. The paramedics are on their way, heâ€™s still there. This person you donâ€™t know.â€
Bell continued, â€œThe paramedics come in, the cord is still on so he has oxygen through my blood. They cut the cord and Scott ran out half-naked [with their son] and I was naked after my seven hours of laboring.â€
Shortly after their baby boy was born, the midwife told her she had to be induced to birth her placenta.
â€œI was looking at my phone as they were sewing me up and I get a little video from Scott: little Ozzy just barely taking breaths with the oxygen mask and I just passed out. Because I was like, â€˜Heâ€™s alive,â€™ and then I just passed out,â€ Bell remembered.
The star said her son was â€œin the NICU for 11 days,â€ adding, â€œHe was hypoxic, he was without oxygen for longer than the four minutes that is associated with being okay. â€¦ We were told that he could [have] cerebral palsy or never walk or talk. That was our reality. â€¦ Childrenâ€™s Hospital Los Angeles saved his life.â€
Bell revealed she had never shared the story about her second home birth before, but wanted to share â€œbecause itâ€™s really Ozzyâ€™s story and Iâ€™m proud of him. Proud of walking out of that hospital with a clean bill of health.â€
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Looking back on the â€œmost egregious up and down of [her] entire life,â€ Bell said there was a period of time when she felt guilt.
â€œI took it on because I insisted on having a home birth. Iâ€™ve dealt with that since. You could blame the midwife, you could blame yourself, but ultimately the result is the only thing that matters,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™ve gone through therapy and was medicated for a year-and-a-half. I did wean myself off but I was on antidepressants to help kind of regulate. I barely take Advil but I was like, this is absolutely imperative in order for me to function.â€
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Bell proudly got her kidsâ€™ names tattooed on her body after the two home births. â€œLabor and birth, experiencing twice now, being in your house is very strange,â€ she shared.
â€œIt was like war, but what I find about labor and birth is itâ€™s the most extraordinary ordinary thing because every motherfâ€”er goes through it. Thereâ€™s no getting out of it that it hurts, or that itâ€™s extraordinary, or that itâ€™s life and death or high stakes, it is what it is,â€ she said.
Following his arrival, Ozgood developed well and showed his mom that he was a fast learner.
â€œI had this incredible little boy who rolled over at two months and walking at nine months as if to say, â€˜Mom, I got this. Iâ€™m working these milestones early so you can chill the fâ€” out,â€™ â€ Bell joked.