Kristin Davis: Adoption Was "Terrifying"

The Sex and the City star reveals why she was "on pins and needles" when she adopted her daughter Gemma seven months ago

Kristin Davis might be happy now with her adopted daughter Gemma Rose, but the process initially terrified her. The 47-year-old star of Sex and the City and the upcoming Lifetime movie Of Two Minds brought Gemma into her family in 2011 -- and she now reveals that adopting was extremely nerve-racking.

"It is terrifying, partly because with adoption you always know there's the chance that it won't work. So you're on pins and needles," she tells Anderson Cooper in an episode of his syndicated talk show Anderson airing Thursday. "They tell you that when (your child) first comes, you should think of it as babysitting in case the birth mom changes her mind. Every state is different, but in (California) it's 48 hours. So you're trying to think that you're a babysitter but that's kind of impossible!"

The idea to adopt was always with Davis, and finally she just decided to go for it. "So I started the process," she says, "but it's quite confusing. There are all these different rules and if you’re single it's harder."

So she ended up working with Dr. Jane Aronson, who is praised as an expert in orphan adoption. It was Aronson who pushed Davis to pursue a domestic adoption and who helped guide her through it. And even though she has now had her daughter for seven months, Davis worries about Gemma as much as she did when she first adopted her.

"When I first got her I would sleep with her on my chest, because when you adopt you're very concerned about bonding. You're not supposed to have comforters or anything around, obviously, because they could suffocate," she says. "So every night I would have these nightmares that she's under the comforter. I still -- seven months later -- have that. I'll wake up and be like, ‘'Where's Gemma? Where's Gemma?'... and she's in her crib, safe and sound." (Watch a clip from the interview below.)

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