Amy Schumer is candid about her postpartum experience and why she dumped her doula after giving birth to her son.
On Wednesday’s episode of Penn Badgley’s Stitcher Podcast Podcrushed, the comedian explains that her insecurities after welcoming son Gene David played a big part in why she dumped Badgley’s wife, Domino Kirke, who was Schumer’s doula during her pregnancy.
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“The truth was, and it is quite unfair to [Domino], after having Gene, I was recovering from a C-section,” Schumer begins. “Domino is like a goddess. It’s a real floating mermaid around the house. And she’s so adorable, and when she touches you, like you’re melting. She was truly a member of the family.”
“And I felt so vulnerable. I was like, I can’t have this Botticelli goddess floating around my house when I’m bleeding,” she told Badgley. “I just didn’t have the strength to afford the luxury of having him in our house. I was like, I think you can’t come anymore.”
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Schumer, 41, welcomed her first child in May 2019 with husband Chris Fischer, 42, whom she married in February 2018.
Shortly after welcoming son Gene, now 3, Schumer shared on Instagram how “lucky” she was to have Kirke by her side every step of the way.
“Okay here’s my boring baby message and what I’m taking away from pregnancy. Women are the shit—” she wrote on Instagram, alongside an adorable photo showing the new mom cradling her new- born in his arms.
“Men are cool and whatever, but women are f— warriors and capable of anything. I was blessed with a doula. Her name is @domino_kirke @carriagehousebirth,” she wrote. , before shedding light on the role doulas can play throughout the pregnancy experience.
Continuing, the mother-of-one wrote: “What do the doulas do? I don’t quite know but what she did was make Chris and I feel totally safe and supported throughout about my pregnancy and giving birth. I definitely recommend getting one if you can.”
Schumer, who battled hyperemesis gravidarum – a condition characterized by persistent illness often leading to dehydration and weight loss – throughout her pregnancy, then thanked all the doctors and nurses she met during all his trips to the hospital.
“Dr. Brill and all the nurses and pediatricians at Lenox Hill and all the other hospitals I have spent time in this year, thank you for everything,” she added.