Mira Sorvino Talks About Her Difficult Pregnancy

14/07/2009 10:20 | Updated 22 May 2015

After weeks of hospitalization and bed rest, Mira Sorvino gave birth to her third child with husband Christopher Backus - and the actress calls her new son a "miracle baby."

Holden Paul Terry Backus was born on June 22 in Los Angeles, PEOPLE reports.

"As soon as they placed him in my arms I knew it had all been worth it," Sorvino, 41, said.

"With everything that threatened this pregnancy and both of our lives, he came out of it completely unscathed: perfectly healthy, beautiful and wonderful!"

Sorvino and Backus are also parents to 4-year-old Mattea and 3-year-old Johnny. "We are overjoyed to bring our beautiful healthy son home to his brother and sister," the couple said in a statement. "We are blessed to have a home filled with so much love."

Sorvino's third pregnancy was fraught with complications, she revealed. "I developed a blood clot (DVT) due to all the inactivity and had to be anti-coagulated for months to prevent a pulmonary embolism," she said. "I spent another two-and-a-half weeks at the hospital, during which time, missing the children and my husband and knowing what the separation was doing to the kids became almost unbearable. Prior to this nine-week hospital stay, I had only ever spent one night away from Johnny and Mattea."

"The baby was very big and he came a couple of weeks early so it took longer than we thought," she added. "During the day we had some scary difficulties with the epidural as I achieved almost no progress with the labour and then at night the placenta created problems again. Although it was not blocking the baby's path as it had done for almost the entire pregnancy, it started causing me a substantial loss of blood. Just as we began begging for a C-section, the situation turned around and the end of the birth was very easy."

Adding Holden to the family has been much easier for Mattea and Johnny. "They make up songs to sing to him!" Sorvino shared. "My only challenge has been convincing them not to touch him and pet him while he's sleeping, because they wake him up!"

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