The Voice’s Chris Mann Welcomes Son After Wife’s ‘Dramatic’ Labor

The Voice season 2 finalist Chris Mann and wife Laura welcomed their second child, son Rocky Conor Mann, on Mon. Jan. 11, in Los Angeles. The newborn weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and measured 20 inches in length.

Chris tells People magazine that their 3-year-old son Hugo picked the name for his baby brother.

“Laura and I were tossing baby names around for a while and thought we’d settled on one,” he says. “But when we asked Hugo what he thought his baby brother should be named, he immediately said, ‘Rocky!’ Laura and I looked at each other and smiled and said, ‘I kinda love it!’ From that moment, we called the growing baby Rocky, and it just felt right.”

The birth was dramatic in the sense that the baby came FAST. The parents were  face to face with their new son within minutes of making it to the hospital. The baby was nearly born in the car on the way to the hospital. “It was straight out of a movie,” Chris says. “We were just trying to take it easy at home when Laura’s labor went from zero to 100 in about an hour.”

Laura had a long labor with her first son and tried convincing herself she was just feeling early labor pains. “Our bags weren’t even packed,” Laura says, “Chris shoved some stuff in a bag and threw it in the car.”

“I was driving like James Bond — if he were driving an ambulance while having a panic attack,” adds Chris. “I was honking the horn with the flashers on, waving my hands out the window while Laura was literally crowning in the passenger seat.”

Upon arrival at the hospital, Laura gave birth in an operating room almost immediately. No delivery rooms were available. “It was like an ER episode,” Chris says. “The nurses were incredible. It was controlled chaos.”

“I was overwhelmed,” Chris continues. “Laura was in so much pain and that’s scary to watch. … She was a champion. There’s no way I could ever do it.”

For more photos of the new arrival, check out People magazine



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