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These awesome and insightful celebrity childbirth stories -- from Beyoncé's surreal communication with Blue Ivy to Tina Fey’s funny admission -- give us a glimpse into the minds of our favorite pregnant stars (and what they were really thinking while doctors and nurses screamed "Push!"). These baby delivery stories below show you which celebs kept their cool and which mamas almost lost their sh*t in the delivery room.
Daughter Blue Ivy was born in January 2012.
"I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door. And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn't think about my own pain... We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication."
Daughter Willow Sage was born in June 2011.
"I was really looking forward to the whole rite of passage -- giving birth perfectly present, unmedicated, in the way nature intended. ... She was in the frank breech position, which is head up with her legs up by her head in a pike position. We tried everything to turn her around. Turns out this little girl had other plans -- she is my daughter, after all."
Source: People Magazine
Daughter Haven was born in August 2011.
"When I delivered Haven, she was born still inside the amniotic sac, which is rare. ... The doctor had never seen anything like it before. He grabbed the nurse and said, 'Look at this!' I was in the middle of pushing and he told me to hold on a minute and not to push! He was wearing basketball shorts and a T-shirt and said, 'Oh I have to get my scrubs on for this!' The sac burst on its own after she came out. It was a trip."
Source: UK OK! Magazine
Daughter Shiloh was born in May 2006.
"We were in this little hospital in Africa when Shi was born. I don't think there was anybody else in the hospital. It was just a little cottage, the three of us. It ended up being the greatest thing... I had a C-section and I found it fascinating. I didn't find it a sacrifice and I didn't find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do."
Source: Vanity Fair
Daughter Penelope was born in July 2012.
"She was coming out, and I was thinking, I should pull her! With Mason, I had no idea I was going to do that. This time, I thought, this is what I'm supposed to do."
Source: US Weekly
Son Noah was born in September 2012.
"I was screaming for an epidural when Brian was driving me to the hospital because my water broke on its own and I was immediately -- it was level orange alert pain... It hurts so bad. It was so intense. And I thought I was gonna be really tough and make it, I was gonna labor to like 8 cm... but the first contraction that I got was horrific!"
Source: Access Hollywood
Son Benjamin was born in December 2009.
On her home water birth: "The whole time, my head was so focused -- every contraction, the baby is closer, the baby is closer. So, it wasn't like, 'Oh, what pain.' It was, 'With every contraction, he is getting closer to me.'"
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Son Flynn was born in January 2011.
"I actually thought I was going to die at one point and left my body... I was looking down on myself, the pain was so intense... I kept thinking, 'How do women do this?' But if other women have done this, I can do it too. I was determined."
Source: InStyle Australia per US Weekly
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Daughter Satyana was born in March 2009.
On her home birth: "The midwife came over and checked me and I figured 'I'm going to be so close.' and she said, 'Yeah, you're 1 1/2 centimeters.' I wanted to sock her! 'No, no, no (I said to the midwife), you must have gotten that wrong because, you see, my contractions have been so close together. I haven't had any breaks. The baby should be here. Where's the baby?' ...And she said to me -- and don't say this to a first-time mom -- 'Oh honey, this is nothing.' I thought I was being a trooper!"
Source: The Richest
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Son Lorenzo was born in August 2012.
"When my water broke, I thought it was going to be like whoosh, but I was just like peeing my pants every two seconds. I didn't know what was going on... I couldn't control it, and it just kept coming out, so I was like 'I think my water broke.' I was in labor for 27 hours, but I didn't feel anything because I got the epidural, so that was good."
Source: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Daughter Alice was born in September 2005.
"I always knew I wanted an epidural. I am not a daredevil. I had lived a drug-free life until that moment. I had never done any recreational drugs, and I felt like I had saved them all up for the moment when that baby was coming."
Source: Women’s Health via People.com