Lake Bell has revealed she went through therapy following the traumatic home birth of her son.
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€ she said on Dax Shepardâ€™s podcast, â€œArmchair Expert.â€ 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€
Because of the â€œempoweringâ€ experience, Bell, 40, decided to do a home birth for her second child, Ozgood.
â€œI got pregnant again, and this time weâ€™re in L.A. and I said, â€˜I want a home birth again,’â€ she said. â€œWe had him at home. I was huge, he was 11 pounds. The same thing happened, I was at home and he had the cord wrapped around and he was on my chest. He was not coming to.â€
She continued, â€œNow youâ€™re in really fâ€“king 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 says the paramedics cut the cord that was still around her babyâ€™s neck and her husband, tattoo artist Scott Campbell, went to the hospital with their son while Bell had to be induced to give birth to 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 recalled.
Her son stayed in the NICU for 11 days.
â€œHe was hypoxic, he was without oxygen for longer than the four minutes that is associated with being OK,â€ she explained. â€œWe 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€
While her son survived the scary delivery, the mother of two couldnâ€™t help but feel guilty for deciding to have another home birth.
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€
Despite her hardships, the â€œBless This Messâ€ star says her son actually developed earlier than normal.
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€ she said.
Bell welcomed Ozzy in June 2017 and Nova in 2014, a year after she married Campbell in 2013.