20 Delivery Room Tips From Celebrity Dads That Are Truly Gems

Haley Longman | Oct 26, 2018 Celebrity Moms
20 Delivery Room Tips From Celebrity Dads That Are Truly Gems

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As with most aspects of parenting, no two birthing experiences are the same -- and that goes for dads, too. Some moms demand epidurals, some prefer to labor at home, and others end up with C-sections. Needless to say, the way that dads witness their children being born is just as varied. Some dads-to-be prefer to watch their sons and daughters come into the world, while others would rather not see what's going on down there. A few get emotional watching their ladies suffer through so much pain, and some might even experience labor pain themselves!

The celebrity fathers on this list have shared the nitty-gritty of their partners giving birth, revealing the ways in which their babies were born, and the roles they played in the delivery room -- or, in many cases, in the comfort of their own homes. That's right, folks -- some of these dads literally delivered their babies themselves when the mamas just couldn't make it in time to the hospital!

A few of these dads also offer up warnings on what not to do before, during, or after the birth of a child, so consider this your heads up, fellas! Click through the photos for delivery room tips straight from the famous folk who've been there.

Some are funny, some are serious, but all are totally legit.

  • Hangovers & Childbirth Do Not Go Together

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    It's not uncommon for people to have one too many drinks. But the spouse who overindulged should probably keep quiet when it's time for his partner to give birth.

    Scott Wolf confessed he flew drunk to reach his wife in time for the birth of his first child -- attempting to sober up in the delivery room. "I was in Vancouver and my wife calls early on a Saturday morning. She's like, 'It's happening; you gotta get on a plane,'" the '90s heartthrob confessed.

    "Unfortunately, the night before we were at a drinking establishment and we had gotten over-served. So I basically got on a plane and was recovering the whole way. Thankfully I had the good sense not to tell a woman who was about to push out something the equivalent of a bowling ball out of her own body that I had a headache."

  • Whip Out The Camera … If the Mama Consents

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    No surprise here, but Spencer Pratt filmed the entirety of wife Heidi Pratt’s five-hour natural labor with son Gunner -- including her pre-pushing beauty session. The Hills star also had $27,000 worth of crystals in the delivery room to help calm Heidi down. Whatever works!

  • Let the Lady Do as She Pleases With the Video

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    Like Spencer, Scott Disick was on camera duty during the birth of their first child, son Mason. But, as Kourtney Kardashian described it later, she liked their home video footage so much she eventually let it air on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. (Yes, even the part where she literally pulled the baby out herself.)

    "Scott was filming it for our own purposes, like for a home movie. The birth of my son was such a beautiful experience that I really wanted to share it with people because it was my child," she told Australia Today Extra in 2016 about her first childbirth experience. "I remember being so terrified to give birth because you see in movies everyone is screaming and it was so crazy and my experience was amazing. I just felt something in me wanted to share that with people."
  • Set Realistic Boundaries

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    Taye Diggs was in his then-wife Idina Menzel's corner when she was giving birth to their son Walker in 2009. He knew it'd probably be in his best interest to not watch everything going on down there.

    "I was holding her hands and cheering her on. I said I would look two times. I would look when the baby was crowning, and I wanted to look right when [son] Walker came out," the actor confessed to Ellen DeGeneres in 2009 about his wife's birthing experience. "And then when he came out, all of a sudden it was like my inner gangster came out. I was like, 'Yeah baby, that's what I'm talkin' about, that's my boy!'"
  • Know It's OK to Watch

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    After his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, gave birth to their second child together, a baby girl named Tia, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had some advice for other dads out there: It's OK to not look, but watching one's baby be born is truly magical.

    "If you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer -- watch your child being born,” the action star dad wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post. "It's a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman will forever be boundless."

  • Understand That No Request Is Too Crazy

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    Nick Cannon let his then-wife Mariah Carey have anything she wanted while giving birth to #dembabies -- including adhering to her request to play her own songs in the background as the children entered the world.

    "Now my wife wanted to make sure that when the babies came out, that they came out not only to a Mariah Carey song, but a live performance from Mariah Carey -- her Madison Square performance of 'Fantasy' -- so they came out to a round of applause," he told Gayle King after the birth of their twins, Moroccan and Monroe, in 2011.

  • Turn Labor into a Game

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    Matthew McConaughey got primal when his wife, Camila Alves, was in labor with their oldest son, Levi. "We found a great rhythm. Contractions started kicking in. I sat there with her, right between her legs," the Hollywood star once told OK! magazine about the the delivery room experience. "We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music."

  • Find Ways to Pass the Time

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    When Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were waiting for second daughter, Chicago, to be born via surrogate, the rapper was in an adjoining room to the delivery room playing Connect Four with his friends. "We had a connecting room, and Kanye was in there playing Connect Four with his friends and not really paying attention," Kim told Ellen DeGeneres.

    Her sister, Kourtney, stepped in instead!

  • Lighten the Mood

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    Ryan Reynolds has offered up many hilarious delivery room tips for dads. But our favorite is the way he lightened the mood when wife Blake Lively was having contractions.

    "I  jammed a little Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On,'" the celeb dad shared during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers about playing music in the delivery room. "It was like steak knives coming out of her eyes. Just like, 'Are you f*cking sh*ting me right now?' She was a mercenary … I think I just caught her right in the middle of a contraction. She was pretty much making jokes the entire time."

  • Medicate if Needed

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    Kristen Bell was in labor for 33 hours with second daughter Delta before ultimately needing a C-section. Dax Shepard joked that he "needed something" after watching his wife go through that. "She got an epidural [around] hour 14 -- as you should -- and I think dads need something," he told Ellen DeGeneres. "I deserve something because I was along for the ride. It's still a car crash and I'm in the passenger seat."

  • Be Prepared to Step in if Necessary

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    Sometimes, things go awry as babies come whenever they're ready -- so be like Jeffrey Dean Morgan and prepare to step in and actually deliver the baby (or babies) should it come to that.

    "We didn't use doctors, we used a midwife, so I delivered both of my kids," The Walking Dead star told People of his son and daughter with wife Hilarie Burton.

    "The first time I didn't know, I was shocked that I was part of it. I thought I was going to hold the leg, tell her to hopefully breathe and I wasn't ready when I took my position. This time I was a little bit more prepared and got in and got her out immediately. As soon as her head breached I reached in there, grabbed her by the cheeks and got her out. Hilarie was over it, so it was awesome. I got to deliver both my kids, for real, it was cool."
  • Think Fast Under Pressure

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    Basketball player Iman Shumpert unexpectedly delivered his baby girl on the bathroom floor when his now-wife, Teyana Taylor, went into labor at home. Two pushes later, the little one was born into his bare hands. He called 911, and tied a pair of headphones around the umbilical cord, with the ambulance arriving five minutes later.

  • ... Or at Least Call 911

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    Seth Meyers had a similar situation -- unexpectedly playing a bigger role during the birth of his son, Ashe, than anticipated. Seth’s wife, Alexi, gave birth in the lobby of their apartment building as they were trying to rush to the hospital.

    "I called 911, and over the course of a minute conversation, I said, 'We're about to have a baby -- we're having a baby -- we had a baby," he laughed.

  • Trust Mama's Instincts

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    When Sterling K. Brown's wife was in labor with their first child, son Andrew, she was convinced she was crowning. The actor told her to go back to bed, because it was her first child and nearly impossible to deliver that quickly. But lo and behold, the baby was born into his hands just minutes later.

    "Basically, she's on all fours, I look down, the baby's head is out," Sterling revealed on Live! With Kelly and Ryan.

    "The midwife's like, [soothing voice] 'That’s fantastic, just wait for Mommy to push again. Catch the baby so you can put him on Mommy’s chest and they can start bonding .... And sure enough, my wife pushed a second time, [and] his body just wriggled out. I had a hand on the back of his head and on his bum. He cried immediately, so I didn't have to rub him to make sure that he was breathing."

  • Be As Involved As Possible

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    Even though Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s son, Duke, was born via gestational carrier, dad Bill still played a hands-on role in the delivery room as he not only witnessed the birth, but cut the umbilical cord, too.

  • Don't Overeat Beforehand

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    Adam Levine learned the hard way that eating a big meal when the wife is in labor probably isn't the best idea. The singer revealed he almost pooped his pants during daughter Dusty Rose's birth.

    "We finally go to the hospital, I’ve put back an unbelievable amount of food. Like basically bursting at the seams, I was gonna sh*t my pants … I waited, doubled over in pain," he once told Jimmy Kimmel about the ordeal. "Finally, the baby came it was beautiful and amazing. And the second coast was clear, I took one of the nurses aside and I was like, 'Look you got to find me a bathroom.' And there was one a foot from the bed."

  • Stay by the Phone at All Times

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    Jason Sudeikis thought he had some time to kill when fiancée Olivia Wilde went into labor with their first child, son Otis. So, at her urging, he left the hospital to grab a drink and some Taco Bell. As he told David Letterman, next thing he knew, he had a few missed calls from Olivia -- who was progressing faster than expected -- and needed him to get back to the hospital ASAP so as not to miss the birth of their son.

    "I answer the phone and I'm like, 'Hon, what's going on?' And she goes, 'It's happening, get back here, it's happening' .... Then I'm out the door and I'm running like the scene in a Tom Cruise movie, just hauling butt ... Within 20 minutes, three pushes, there's little Otis."

  • Respect Her Birthing Preferences

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    James Van Der Beek was very encouraging of his wife Kimberly's home birth -- and wasn't even weirded out by her "placenta in a mixing bowl."

    Be more like James Van Der Beek, dads!

  • Be Prepared to Suffer a Little

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    Orlando Bloom reportedly peed in a bottle during Miranda Kerr's 27-hour labor with their son Flynn, because she wouldn’t let him leave the room the entire time -- not even for bathroom breaks.

    Sounds fair, though. Why should only the women be physically uncomfortable?!

  • Realize Dads Are Basically Helpless

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    Even the world's most "macho" of men have been known to shed a tear while witnessing his child coming into the world. Take, for instance, Channing Tatum, who revealed on Chelsea Lately he literally "had a crying fit" as then-wife Jenna Dewan was giving birth to daughter Everly -- mainly because he felt so helpless during labor.

    "I probably went to the bathroom like four times and had, like, a crying fit, like, 'I don't know what to do.' As a man, you're basically a cheerleader. 'Come on, baby, you can do it.' I would've tapped out in the first."

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