Tiffani Thiessen hoped to use hypnobirthing to aid in the delivery of her first child, but was open to all options. Good thing, because 5-week-old daughter Harper Renn Smith had her own ideas when it came to her June 15 birth.
“First my water didn’t break; they had to do it for me. Then the baby wasn’t descending, because the cord was wrapped around her neck,” the White Collar star — who ultimately delivered via c-section after 30 hours of labor — tells PEOPLE.
“Once she was finally out, I didn’t even get to hold her before they whisked her away… The whole thing was very surreal.”
For more photos of the Thiessen-Smith family, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
— Charlotte Triggs and Ulrica Wihlborg