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311's Nick Hexum: Delivering My Wife's Baby Was a "Crazy Primal Experience"

USMagazine, Friday, June 17, 2011, 9:11am (PDT)

311's Nick Hexum is a man of many talents.

On May 1, Hexum's wife Nikki suddenly went into labor. The couple had planned for a midwife to assist in the homebirth of their second child (daughter Maxine), but things went so quickly that the 41-year-old rocker had to deliver the baby himself!

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"When I called the midwife to tell her the contractions were coming fast and hard, I was still calm. So calm that my wife yelled into the phone, 'Tell her to get here now!'" he told Us Weekly.

Hexum became extremely concerned for his daughter's safety when he saw that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. Remembering the birth of his daughter, Echo, 21 months prior, he reached in and rotated the baby so she could be delivered.

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"When Max came out blue and not moving, I was real scared for a moment but then when I heard that first cry, it was a feeling of relief that I'll never forget," he said.

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"Really, it was the thrill of a lifetime," Hexum gushed. "Seeing the miracle of birth first hand by ourselves was a crazy primal experience."

So how has being a father to Echo, 22 months, and Maxine, 1 month, changed Hexum? "It's a well of inspiration," he said. The proud dad added that Echo loves her new role as a big sister.

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