June 17, 2011 06:39:21 GMT
Sharing the story of how his second child came into the world, the rock band's frontman reveals that he was forced to take matters into his own hands when his wife suddenly went into labor at home.
311 frontman Nick Hexum knows how to deliver a baby at home. While he and wife Nikki have planned to deliver their second child at home with the help of a midwife, the vocalist/rhythm guitarist for the rock band was forced to perform the delivery himself when his wife suddenly went into labor on May 1.
The 41-year-old rocker shared the birth story of his second daughter, Maxine, to PEOPLE. "After Max's head popped out, the delivery stalled for the next couple of contractions. The baby's head was blue and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck," he recalled. "I was worried the cord was choking her, keeping blood from getting to her brain."
"I knew from observing and listening the first time around that sometimes the baby's shoulder would get caught and they would have to reach in there and break its collar bone to free her. I reached my fingers in there and felt the shoulders and rotated the baby back and forth," he continued telling the story.
After the baby "slid out smoothly" with the next contraction, Nick said he "jiggled her around until I heard a 'wahhh!' " He remembered, "It was an amazing moment." The midwife, who arrived until 10 minutes later, cut the umbilical cord. Nick, in the end, said, "Everything was fine! We never went to the hospital. We just sat in bed laughing and crying tears of joy about what a crazy experience it was."