Actors Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee have experienced a whirlwind romance over the past year and recently welcomed their newborn, Callum Michael Rebel. The couple announced the birth of their son a couple of weeks ago and Jenna is now sharing her birth story for the very first time.
Callum was born on March 6 via a cesarean section in Los Angeles and the baby boy made his debut to a soundtrack! Jenna told People that she had a soothing playlist of music prepared for the birth which included “The Devi Prayer.” The prayer is a 20-minutes long Sanskrit prayer that many people turn to for relaxation.
“It’s a very peaceful song,” Jenna, 39, explained. “It always puts me at ease. I put that on our playlist and I said to Steve, ‘If I ever start to look like I’m getting anxious or if I was having a rough time, just please play that.’ He was actually born to that song.”
Steve, 44, knew to take direction and helped make the birth more relaxing with the song. Jenna said she felt very prepared this time around. It’s her second child and she shares her first, 6-year-old Everly with ex Channing Tatum.
“I’d heard this from a lot of people, that there’s something that happens with the second baby, that there’s a little bit more calm and peace in knowing what’s happening,” she explained. “Knowing what’s coming down the line, you are able to be a little more present and enjoy all of it and it’s so true.”
That’s wonderful! Jenna goes on to describe her fiancé and new father, Steve as an “incredible” partner throughout the whole pregnancy and birthing process.
“It was incredible to watch the awe in his eyes of experiencing birth for the very first time, and the first time he laid eyes on our son,” Jenna said. “He was crying the whole time and he cut the umbilical cord. Seeing his transformation of becoming a dad was one of the best things I’ve ever witnessed. It was beautiful. Birth is such a bonding experience, you’re transformed at the end of it.”
The happy couple met six years ago but didn’t have a connection until six months after Jenna’s separation from Channing Tatum in 2018. The couple made their pregnancy announcement a year after they started dating and then, got engaged at Jenna’s baby shower for Callum.
A lot happened very quickly for the couple and now, the world itself is changing around them just as rapidly. With the stay-at-home orders happening just a couple of weeks after the couple gave birth, Jenna feels like her family was ahead of the curve.
In another interview with People, Jenna says “I was already holed up with a newborn.”
Which is probably for the best, because things are happening so quickly with hospitals even banning birthing partners from the hospital in New York City.
“I was planning to nest at home and spend really good quality time with our new baby, so not much of that has changed,” Jenna explained. “I like to hole up at home and really enjoy this time together and not go out in the world too much.”
“The difference is we’re not having many visitors,” Jenna explains. “Things like FaceTime and Skype and Marco Polo and all these wonderful technological advancements are really great because people are still getting to see Callum.”
It’s smart to take precautions in times like these and Jenna and Steve continue to follow local and federal guidelines to keep their family safe.
“Perspective is important here. We’re really choosing to look at the positives and enjoy the simple quality family time we’re all getting,” Jenna says. “And we’re definitely practicing the social distancing and making sure we’re doing our part to help the world out with social distancing and flattening the curve.”
Perspective is everything in difficult moments such as these. We’re so happy for Jenna and Steve and wish them and their newborn Callum the best in these uncertain times.
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