Frances Bean Cobain’s Birth Was Just as Loony as You Think It Would be
Page Six reports that a new tell-all about Nirvana reveals that the birth of Courtney and Kurt’s daughter involved the expected mix of heroin withdrawal, screaming, threats, vomit, and probably a lot of terrified nurses.
In “Nirvana – The Biography,” author Everett True describes how Cobain and Love both ended up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. within days of each other in August 1992 – the grunge rocker checking in for a 60-day heroin detox stint and Love, a few days later, for complications arising from her pregnancy.
Two weeks into his stay, Love found herself about to go into labor. According to True: “Courtney – never one to miss an opportunity for drama – grabbed her intravenous drip stand at 4 in the morning, and wheeled it down the corridors to where Kurt was staying. ‘You get out of out of this bed and come down now!’ she screamed. ‘You are not leaving me to do this by myself, [bleep] you!’
That’s just the beginning. Keep reading to find out what Kurt went out and bought himself the day after to celebrate.
“Her husband followed her to the delivery room – weakened from his treatment, and hooked up to an IV stand himself – and passed out just moments before Frances was born.” Then things got even weirder when, as Courtney related to True, “I’m having the baby, it’s coming out, [Kurt’s] puking, he’s passing out and I’m holding his hand and rubbing his stomach while the baby’s coming out.”
Amazingly, Cobain “recovered sufficiently to hold his newborn baby shortly afterwards,” writes True, adding that even through he was now a proud daddy, he still left the hospital the next day to buy heroin.
I can scarcely think of anything more terrifying than a disheveled, pregnant and sober Courtney Love running at me with her IV pole.