Dax Shepard Recalls Kristen Bell’s Birth Story

During a Thursday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Parenthood star Dax Shepard opened up about welcoming his second child, daughter Delta, with wife Kristen Bell.

As it turns out, the House of Lies actress, 34, required a last-minute C-section with their newest arrival. “Kristen, God bless her, was in labor for 33 hours,” Shepard, 40, shared.

On the other hand, Bell’s labor with their daughter Lincoln, now 21 months, was 15 hours. “That’s child’s play,” Shepard joked.

The actor went on to share his wife’s birth story.

“This was Fallujah. This was intense,” Shepard shared. “And she got an epidural like hour 14, as you should, and I think dads need something. I deserve something because I was along for the ride. It’s still a car crash and I’m in the passenger seat. I’m playing Katy Perry and I’m rubbing her back and I’m thinking, ‘I need something for this! Help me!’ And then at the last minute, which was heartbreaking, she then needed to have a C-section, which happens. It’s all right. I have a healthy baby so everything’s great. But I had been warned by a lot of different gentlemen and even my own mother said, ‘You might not want to watch the baby come out. Maybe not the greatest idea.’ What they didn’t warn me about was the C-section, which was way worse. So, there’s a sheet and then they go, ‘The baby’s here!’ And then you peak around the sheet and they’re lifting out the baby, but then you notice your wife is completely disassembled. I can see inside of her. I was like, ‘It’s a girl! Your liver’s out, I think. And then those are definitely your intestines.’ And she asks, ‘Are you all right!?’ ‘Oh my God, put her back together correctly!’ After seeing this autopsy, I would rather see a school drive out of her vagina. There’s nothing worse than seeing your partner flowing over! Guys, I need medication if this happens again.”

But Shepard can take the credit for one thing: Delta’s unique moniker.

“It was a joke because our first daughter’s name is Lincoln, which is very masculine,” he explained. “A friend of mine teasingly texted me, ‘Oh great, what’s this one gonna be? Navy Seal? Delta Force? Green Beret?’ “

He added: “I was reading this text out loud to Kristen and I said, ‘Oh, Steve said, “What if we named her Delta?” Delta! Delta Bell Shepard! That’s it!’ And that’s it.”

As for Lincoln, it sounds like she’s still adjusting to big sisterhood.

“We’re all eating dinner and my mother says, ‘Guys! Guys! Guys!’ We look over and Lincoln has some rocks that she loves and carries around and she’s throwing them in the baby bassinet to share. They’re big rocks,” he recalled. “There was no injuries, but that got our attention. Sharing is not caring, always. They say it is, but sometimes it’s almost murder.”


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  1. I like this – a great way to recount a csection birth story.

    But the “as you should” in regards to an epidural is piffle. Not everyone needs or wants it.

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