311 singer Nick Hexum wasn’t planning on delivering his daughter Maxine. He and his wife had planned on having a midwife-assisted homebirth, but when Nikki went into labor on May 1st everything happened quickly. Hexum was forced to step in and deliver their daughter.
The birth didn’t go smoothly either. When Maxine was in the birth canal, Nick noticed her head was stuck.
“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 told People. ”I was worried the cord was choking her, keeping blood from getting to her brain.”
The new dad, remembering watching his 21-month-old daughter Echo’s birth, knew what to do.
“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,” he said. “I reached my fingers in there and felt the shoulders and rotated the baby back and forth.”
Once she was loose, she slid out smoothly with the next contraction. This was not the end of Maxine’s dramatic entrance into the world though. When she came out she wasn’t moving. Nick said, “I jiggled her around until I heard a ‘wahhh!’ It was an amazing moment.”