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18th Feb 2015

One (famous) dad’s account of what a C-section looks like

Mum and dad had very different perspectives

Appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Monday, actress Kristen Bell spoke about how she enjoyed the birth of her second daughter, 7-week-old Delta. The 34-year-old, who was given an epidural for an unplanned C-section, said, “‘It was kind of a wonderful experience for me. While they were doing it I actually thought what else could we get done down there? Maybe lengthen the shins? I’ve always wanted to be like 5ft 7in. Just anything to keep the epidural flowing.

“As someone who has never experimented with drugs, I really enjoyed it,” she said.

Kristen’s version of the event was certainly a lot less traumatic than the account given by her husband, actor Dax Shepard. While on the Ellen DeGeneres show just a month earlier, he had this to say on the matter, “There’s a sheet, and then [doctors] go, ‘The baby’s here,’ and then you peek around the sheet, and they’re lifting out the baby – but then you notice your wife is completely disassembled.”

He said, “I can see inside of her. I was like, ‘It’s a girl! Your liver’s out, I think! And those are definitely intestines. And she has your eyes. Oh, my God, put her back together correctly!'”

Kristen wasn’t wrong when she quipped on the show that Dax is “very dramatic.” Although he was able to see more of the surgery from where he was standing, the unplanned C-section was probably no walk in the park for the mum of two.

We’re not sure if Kristen’s memory of the experience is a little hazy, or if she has just chosen to put a different spin on the story, but it’s interesting to hear two very different accounts of the same delivery. Is your delivery room partner’s memory of the main event the same as yours?