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Former Y&R Actress Tatyana Ali Talks 'Harrowing Birth' of 1st Child & What She's Learned in Her 2nd Pregnancy

Olowokandi Fiyin
Oct 03, 2019
02:08 P.M.
Tatyana Ali reveals the details behind the birth of her first child during a recent interview with a media outlet.
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With the case of Black maternal mortality rate on the rise, Tatyana Ali sat with Essence to discuss her harrowing experience during her first pregnancy.

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The "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star revealed that the birth of her son three years went "off script." According to her, her labour consisted of people – mostly strangers – screaming instructions at her.

Not knowing what to do, Tatyana worried for her son's safety. And when she thought she had no other options, she eventually asked for a C-section.

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Things didn't get any better after she delivered her son as she remembers somebody telling her that she had the "pelvis of a man."

What made the experience even worse was that her son spent several days in the NICU as a result of his harrowing birth.

Tatyana Ali attends the premiere of Disney's "Aladdin" | Photo: Getty Images

Tatyana Ali attends the premiere of Disney's "Aladdin" | Photo: Getty Images

After mother and child left the hospital, the 40-year-old still suffered from the occasional guilt of not going through with her intuition of having a natural birth. Two years later, the actress discovered she was expecting again.

The revelation came when she was asked to participate in the Black Mama's Matter Alliance's 2018 Black Maternal Health Week. With this Pregnancy, Tatyana employed a Black midwife. The midwife encouraged her to honour her intuition and offered her the power of choice.

Actress Tatyana Ali visits Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Tatyana Ali visits Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood | Photo: Getty Images

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With this Pregnancy, Tatyana employed a Black midwife. The midwife encouraged her to honour her intuition and offered her the power of choice.

More than nine months later, Essence exclusively disclosed that Tatyana and her husband Dr Vaughn Rasberry had welcomed their second child on August 15. PEOPLE also claimed that the actress assisted in breaking the news by posting about it via Instagram.

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Although the "Love That Girl!" star and her husband are yet to share photos of their new bundle, the article stated that they named him Alejandro Vaughn Rasberry.

It's not strange that a lot is still unknown about the actress who was on TV screens for a few years.

Nicki Swift expressed that her life away from the limelight might be due to her waiting for a "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" reboot.

The article also states that Tatyana's working on projects behind the scenes and focusing on building her family.

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