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Who Caught Your Baby? 8 Celebs Share Their Stories

Mar 15 2012 - 9:07am

Just call them the baby catchers! While many moms-to-be agonize over who will be with them when they deliver their baby, others also put a lot of thought into who will be the first person to touch their tot when he is born — or who will "catch" their lil one. While millions of viewers watched Kourtney Kardashian pull baby Mason out by herself, others have assigned spouses, parents, and dear friends with the honor. Take a look at who caught these eight Hollywood parents' newborns.

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian's first pregnancy was chronicled during a season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, with the season finale recording lil Mason's birth. In the final moments of labor, Kourtney's doctor said the baby was halfway and asked the mom-to-be if she wanted to touch the baby. Kourtney then went on to pull Mason out herself and place him immediately on her chest. She later said [1], "It was surprisingly easy and just an incredible experience. I always thought your first is supposed to be really hard, but it was easy."

James Van Der Beek

Just this week second-time dad James Van Der Beek [2] — daughter Olivia is 17 months old — told his fans that he caught his son [3], tweeting, "Had my first son this morning . . . Well, actually, my wife had him. I just caught him. Wow. Heart expanding way faster than my brain . . . "

Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye was surrounded by friends and loved ones [4] while giving birth to Poet, her eldest child. Her mom and husband were on one side of her, and good friends Demi Moore [5] and Ashton Kutcher [6] (who were dating at the time) were on the other.

Melissa Joan Hart

Appearing in Ricki Lake's Business of Being Born, Melissa Joan Hart described how her husband caught her second son, Brady, saying, "His shoulders came out, and my husband grabbed him by the shoulders and put him right on my chest. I instantly started breastfeeding him. Physically I felt great."

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps wanted to be the first person to touch her daughter, so when Birdie was born, the actress pulled the baby out herself. She told Babble [7], "I was completely squatting, and after my doctor got [Birdie’s] head and shoulders out, she asked, 'Do you want to pull your baby out? Give me your hands.' I didn’t even know my midwife took a picture of me with my hands pulling my daughter out. It was an incredible experience."

Ricki Lake

It's no surprise the Ricki Lake's second son, Owen, was caught by someone other than her doctor. The force behind The Business of Being Born and midwife advocate wrote [8], "In the tub, I pushed for 13 minutes, three contractions. Then Miriam told me to reach down and touch my baby. I placed him on my chest, and he stared right at me with his eyes wide open. We got out of the tub and into the bed. They talk about the high you have with a natural childbirth. It’s so true. I had all this energy. I mean, I was flying. I was so psyched. I wasn’t tired at all."

Laila Ali

Laila Ali has caught a few punches in her time, but it was her husband's turn to do the catching when their first child, Curtis Jr., was born [9]. "That was hard too, because I didn’t want to be induced. But Curtis caught him. He was able to pull the baby out. He cut the umbilical cord. Then they gave Curtis Jr. to me. It’s important for the baby to bond with the mother in the first moments. I started crying immediately."

Lindsay Price

New mama Lindsay Price [10] made sure she was the first one to greet baby Hudson after she carried for nine months. She was able to [11] "reach down and pull him out myself" during delivery.

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