Surprise! Kim Kardashian and 14 More Celebrities Who Delivered Early

Baby North West and these 14 other celebrity babies arrived earlier than expected.

When Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West, arrived earlier than expected, it was a reminder that even celebs can't control labor and delivery. Premature birth is incredibly common: Each year, one out of nine births, or nearly 500,000 babies, are born before than 37 weeks, according to the CDC. And stars aren’t immune -- here are 14 more celebs who welcomed an early arrival.

Kim Kardashian

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter, North, was born June 15 and arrived 3 to 5 weeks early (various reports put the due date in mid-July). A source tells People Kardashian had a natural birth after being admitted to the hospital with medical complications. E! News reports the baby weighed just under 5 pounds. Even with her small size, North has already gone on a few playdates and there's talk she'll make her first public appearance on grandma's new talk show.

Brooke Mueller

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Max and Bob, the twins of Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen, arrived seven weeks early in March 2009, following a difficult pregnancy. Mueller had both preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, Today reports. Max was kept in the hospital for more than 3 weeks, due to his low birth weight. Though Mueller lost custody of the twins a year ago due to drug addiction, Charlie Sheen's ex-wife, Denise Richards, has been taking care of them until Mueller is released from rehab. While we're sure the boys miss their mom, Sheen posted this happy family photo from the Fourth of July.

Nancy Grace

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Nancy Grace and David Linch's twins, Lucy and John, were born two months premature on Nov. 4, 2007, following an emergency C-section. Lucy weighed 2 pounds, 15 ounces, and John was 5 pounds, 1 ounce, according to Good Housekeeping. Following the delivery, the CNN anchor was hospitalized after suffering pulmonary edema, and the twins were kept in the NICU -- John for three weeks, Lucy for nearly six. In November, the healthy twosome celebrated their fifth birthday with an Ariel- and Spiderman-themed bash. Nancy told People, "I just can't believe this miracle in my life, the fact that they're turning 5. The truth is, I'm probably going to start crying."

Faith Hill

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's daughter, Audrey, was born eight weeks premature via emergency C-section, after a routine check-up revealed Hill's amniotic fluid was nearly gone, People reports. The baby was kept in the NICU for 3 weeks until her lungs developed. Now Audrey is an 11-year-old who looks just like her mom, and apparently, is the love interest of Gwyneth Paltrow's son, Moses, who says he wants to marry her one day!

Melissa Gilbert

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner's son, Michael, was due on Christmas Eve 1995. But after her water broke on Oct. 6, she gave birth 12 weeks early to her 3-pound boy, People reports. Michael was fed through a tube and put on a ventilator for four days, before heading home healthy on Nov. 15. Today, 17-year-old Michael is following in mom's footsteps, appearing alongside Gilbert in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie -- The Musical.

Sherri Shepherd

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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The View co-host Sherri Shepherd's son, Jeffrey, was born 15 weeks early in 2005, weighing a mere 1 pound, 10 ounces, People reports. Jeffrey has some developmental delays and requires regular therapy. Last year he walked Shepherd down the aisle when she married Sal Lamar in 2011. Good thing he gave his approval -- she said she wouldn't have married Lamar without it!

Anna Faris

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Born nine weeks early, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's baby, Jack, spent a month in the NICU. Now, he's not only a healthy 10-month-old baby boy, but what Faris calls a "chubster." She told US Weekly in June, "It makes me crazy when I'm not holding him. He's at a really adorable phase. He's not crawling, but he sort of wiggles. He coos and giggles and he makes funny, funny noises."

Julia Roberts

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Twins Phinnaeus and Hazel were reportedly due in early January, but Julia Roberts and Danny Moder's children came early, on Nov. 28, 2004. People reports that both babies weighed just over 5 pounds, and there were no complications. Today, the 8-year-old fraternal pair are total bookworms, according to a March 2012 People interview. "Those nice, cozy, very short hours before bed, we just really spend together as a family talking and sharing the day and reading books, and really, before you know it, it's time for bed."

Michelle Duggar

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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A bout with preeclampsia caused reality show mom Michelle Duggar to deliver Josie, her 19th baby, via emergency C-section 15 weeks premature on Dec. 10, 2009. ABC News reports the tiny girl weighed just 1 pound, 6 ounces, and spent several weeks in the NICU. Duggar wrote last year that on her second birthday, Josie is “quite small for her age,” but that’s “probably about the only thing that she hasn't caught up on.” 

Joey Lawrence

 14 Celeb Parents Who Have Had Preemie Babies

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Joey Lawrence's wife Chandie Yawn-Nelson was diagnosed with Rh disease soon after conceiving, which can cause serious complications, Life & Style reports. In her case, the condition caused the baby to become lethargic, according to the magazine, so Liberty was delivered a month early and kept in the NICU for four days before heading home with her family. Today, Liberty is an energetic 3-year-old daddy's girl.

Hank Azaria

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Hank Azaria and Katie Wright's son, Hal, was born on June 6, 2009, "premature but he's healthy and strong," the actor's rep told People. Now Hal is 4 years old and already working on his pitcher's arm -- he threw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game last month with his dad.

Anna Sorenstam

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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The LPGA Hall of Fame golf pro Annika Sörenstam delivered her son William at 27 weeks in 2011, the Orlando Sentinel reports, after developing placenta abruption. The boy weighed 2 pounds, 1½ ounces, and spent more than eight weeks in the NICU. “He has already shown his fighting spirit,” Sörenstam wrote on her blog, “but like any ‘Preemie’ the next two months are crucial. He will need a strong will with the challenges ahead, which is why we decided to call him Will.” Will, now 2 years old, loves spending time with his big sis, Ava, and keeping his mom busy. She told the Dallas News, "It's gone by so quickly, with starting a family. It's consuming most of my time, which I love. It's another fast-moving facet in my life."

Bethenny Frankel

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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Bethenny Frankel's daughter, Bryn, was born a month early at 4 pounds, 12 ounces, according to People. The reality star tweeted: "I can't express how happy I am and how beautiful, supportive and thoughtful u all are. Bryn is a tiny beautiful peanut. new chapter begins. thank you." Though Frankel is going through a difficult divorce from husband Jason Hoppy, she told Ellen DeGeneres that 3-year-old Bryn gets her through the bad days: "She is the light of my life and she gets me through this... so I'm very appreciative."

Jamie Anne Allman

 14 Celebs Who Have Had Preemies

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The Killing's Jamie Anne Allman gave birth to her twin boys, Asher and Oliver, over 11 weeks early, US Weekly reports, after a “horrible” pregnancy. Oliver weighed just 2 pounds, 11 ounces, and Asher weighed 3 pounds at birth. Allman tells the magazine she vomited 12 times a day and was on bed rest for most of her pregnancy due to a shortened cervix and gestational diabetes. The twins spent months in the NICU. "The first month, I only got to hold them for two hours total," she tells Us Weekly. "They went through a lot. In the second month, thank God, I got to hold them a little bit more." Allman says Asher has acid reflux and Oliver has milk and soy allergies, but they are now "two normal, healthy babies." 

Anna Paquin

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True Blood couple Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer welcomed their twins, Poppy and Charlie, "a few weeks early" in September 2012, according to Us Weekly. The always-private pair kept details of the births quiet -- not even revealing names until June 2013.
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