Mira Sorvino Welcomes Third Child: Holden Paul Terry!

Mira Sorvino and husband Christopher Backus welcomed their third child, a boy named Holden Paul Terry Backus on June 22 following a difficult pregnancy and a long labor and delivery, PEOPLE reports.

“As soon as they placed him in my arms I knew it had all been worth it,” Sorvino says. “He is my miracle baby. With everything that threatened this pregnancy and both of our lives, he came out of it completely unscathed: perfectly healthy, beautiful and wonderful!”

Holden was born on Monday, June 22 in LA, weighing in at 8 lbs., 12 oz., and joining 4-year-old sister Mattea, and 3-year-old brother Johnny . “We are overjoyed to bring our beautiful healthy son home to his brother and sister,” Mira and Christopher jointly stated. “We are blessed to have a home filled with so much love.”

Continue reading about Mira’s pregnancy complications….

Sorvino had placenta previa during this pregnancy, which caused her to be hospitalized for weeks and then put on complete bed rest. “I developed a blood clot (DVT) due to all the inactivity and had to be anti-coagulated for months to prevent a pulmonary embolism. I spent another two-and-a-half weeks at the hospital, during which time, missing the children and my husband and knowing what the separation was doing to the kids became almost unbearable. Prior to this nine-week hospital stay, I had only ever spent one night away from Johnny and Mattea.”

The Academy Award-winning actress went on to describe the labor and delivery: “The baby was very big and he came a couple of weeks early so it took longer than we thought. During the day we had some scary difficulties with the epidural as I achieved almost no progress with the labor and then at night the placenta created problems again. Although it was not blocking the baby’s path as it had done for almost the entire pregnancy, it started causing me a substantial loss of blood. Just as we began begging for a C-section, the situation turned around and the end of the birth was very easy.”

The 41-year-old Mighty Aphrodite actress went on to say that Mattea and Johnny are adjusting well to their baby brother. “They make up songs to sing to him! My only challenge has been convincing them not to touch him and pet him while he’s sleeping, because they wake him up!”

Congratulations to the Sorvino-Backus family!

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Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Desiree

    I love the name Holden — we were considering it when I was pregnant!

  • melanie1983

    hellooo, everyone’s having a baby today!! congrats!

  • Sanja

    Well, she had him in June, but isn’t it funny how some weeks there aren’t any new births and sometimes there are many announcements in one day.

    I love Mira and am so glad everything went well and that both she and the baby are healthy now.

  • krzystoff

    how funny (but also sad for the offspring) — people calling their children ‘Holden’ — in Australia, Holden has traditionally been the cheapest, most bogan (ie. trailer trash / redneck / chav) brand of cars, similar to Oldsmobile. there are probably those who would think it’s a cool name here, (imagine the kind of person whose only sleeveless shirt doesn’t quite cover their extensive tattoos, half their teeth are missing, football obsessed, never without a can of booze in their hand)…

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