“I Barely Got to See Her Face”: US Olympic Veteran Allyson Felix Opens up on Scary Childbirth Experience

Published 12/17/2021, 1:24 PM EST
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 20: Allyson Felix celebrates with her daughter Camryn after finishing second in the Women’s 400 Meters Final on day three of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 20, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


Ever since Allyson Felix stepped foot in athletics, she rose to the top with her incredible performances. The record-breaking Olympic medalist continues to perform in Olympic Games and has a distinguished record of winning in five consecutive Olympic Games. However, it’s been a tough journey for the talented athlete.

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After suffering an emergency C-section surgery, her daughter Camryn’s birth led to many complications. Thus, her return to greatness was tougher than expected. In a recent interview, Felix spoke about the problems she had during the surgery.

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Allyson Felix felt scared

After her maternity contracts issues with Nike, Felix returned to the track sooner than many expected. As Camryn is three years old, the talented sprinter spoke about the problems related to giving birth to her daughter. After being pregnant for 32 weeks, a medical condition termed preeclampsia occurred and led to a medical emergency. It is a rare medical condition that occurs for pregnant women as it leads to the sudden rise of high blood pressure.

“I was training, I felt good, so it just wasn’t on my radar at all. I had, in my mind, what I would consider a perfect scenario, which was a natural birth. said Felix. I had picked out the birthing suite  I had done hypnobirthing. I was very committed to my birth experience looking that way,”

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 07: Allyson Felix of Team United States is introduced to the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Before giving birth, she had to attend an ESPN photoshoot to reveal her pregnancy. However, doctors told her not to attend the shoot and go directly to the hospital.

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Felix’s happy ending

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Although she did not know the seriousness of the matter, and later realized the problem. The doctors performed different methods to keep her stable, as the delivery was eight weeks early. While talking to her brother, she revealed whether she could succumb to her illness. With a complicated delivery in place, Felix finally gave birth to Camryn. She also opened up on not meeting her or touching her for the first time.

“They had to take Camryn right away. I barely got to see her face. There was this quick moment when they kind of put her on my shoulder,” said Felix.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 20: Allyson Felix celebrates with her daughter Camryn after finishing second in the Women’s 400 Meters Final on day three of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 20, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

After one day, she reunited with her baby Camryn as she enjoyed the first stage of motherhood. Without any further complications, Felix delivered a healthy baby. Felix now focuses on helping parents who face problems during birth.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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