Vanessa Lachey is keeping husband Nick “waist up” during delivery

Nick Lachey Says He'll Coach Vanessa in the Delivery Room | Kelly Ripa, Nick Lachey

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During an interview with Kelly Ripa this week, Nick Lachey revealed some exciting news: him and wife Vanessa are expecting their first child.

And apparently, Vanessa is already giving her husband specific instructions of what she does-and doesn’t-want in the delivery room:

“I’ve been told – because that’s what happens now, I’m told things – that it’s going to be a waist-up situation, if you know what I mean,” said Lachey. “I’m gonna be there, I’m gonna be supportively there, holding hands, and coaching, breathing, all that good stuff,” he continued. “But apparently I won’t be down below, seeing what’s happening. I’ll be up above, helping.”

There’s obviously still plenty of time to change her mind, but if Vanessa really is going to stand firm in keeping Nick “out of the action” so to speak, they’ll both be missing out on one of life’s most amazing experiences.

And ironically, Nick’s already been there, done that.

A friend asked Lachey to be in the delivery room to film his wife giving birth. And that he wanted every detail caught on camera.

“I didn’t expect it to be what it was,” said Lachey, “but it was a really incredible, awesome moment.”

My aunt is a midwife, and my family comes from a very pro-natural, home-birth standpoint. I chose to deliver in the hospital, but still wanted to do things naturally (that’s another post!)

My husband was actually the first one to hold our child-he “caught” our precious son (that’s such a funny way of saying it-I keep hearing Bill Cosby’s “Natural Childbirth” sketch in my head: “Push him out, shove him out, waaaaay out!”) and handed him to me. Both of my births were incredible, and I think that was because my husband got to experience the beginning of life so intimately with me. I was grateful he wasn’t weirded-out watching either of our boys being born. And I wasn’t at all embarrassed or uncomfortable having him help deliver.

And hey, he got me in that situation in the first place-it’s only fair he see it through to the end, right?

What arrangements did you have in the delivery room or at home? Did you feel more comfortable having your husband watch from below or above the waist when your baby was born?



  1. Momof7

    You can say whatever you want to say before going into labor but after it starts, a lot of what seemed important before can become so very unimportant. I had complications with several of my deliveries and during those times, you don’t care who comes in to watch as long as they are there to help you. I’ve had a dozen or more people in the delivery room at the same time: Doctors, nurses, Anesthesiologists, NICU team and probably the janitor (just kidding about that one). I’m a very modest person but at that point, I really didn’t care that they were all getting a view from ‘down below’. I just wanted the baby to come out and be OK. My husband has seen me at my best and my worst and is welcome to watch the delivery of his children from whatever angle he chooses.

  2. Cat

    I’d just like to suggest to Carmen better termonology. The only way you could give birth “un-naturally” would be if the baby came out your nose or something. A better term would be unmedicated.

    Having given birth myself 6 times, I don’t think it really matters as long as the baby is OK. It’s like there’s some badge of courage that is given if the dad does everything. I’m greatful my husband didn’t have to. My last two births were difficult and I am ever so greatful for the doctors and nurses who prevented any tragety from happening. I’m also greatful that my experinces are not the norm. If someone wants to watch all the intimate details of birth, that’s fine. If someone else doesn’t, that’s fine too. A heatly baby is really what’s most important, not how they get there.

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