There Were Complications The First Time Around

Ne-Yo is both ready for and nervous about baby number four. The celebrity father tells media that he’s a bit anxious about the complications that his wife, Crystal Smith, could experience when giving birth.


“I’m a little nervous just because [in] our first pregnancy, there were a few complications to the point where she had to get an emergency [cesarean] section,” Ne-Yo tells PEOPLE NOW. “This time, she is determined to not go c-section — she wants to do it the natural way.”

Cesarean sections are regarded by the general public as safer than vaginal births. There are, however, complications attached to the method of having a baby via major surgery. “It’s a big medical procedure and it has short, medium and long-term consequences,” Professor Jenny Gamble of Griffith University says of c-sections. “What it should come down to is the balance of risk and benefit, that’s the decision for a C-section,” she adds. “But that’s not as a preferential alternative to vaginal birth. That is a skewed way of looking at it.”

Ne-Yo definitely understands that there are risks in childbearing and birth, period. “The complications that were [present] could still exist, so there’s a little bit of nervousness in there but above that, it’s more nervous excitement,” he shares with PEOPLE. “I just want to meet him,” the star father says.

Ne-Yo and Crystal Smith are expecting their second child together to arrive in coming weeks. The little will join the couple’s son, Shaffer Smith Jr., along with big brother Mason and older sister Madilyn – Ne-Yo’s kids with Monyetta Shaw – at home.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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