From there, the Emmy nominee described a really “terrible” drive to the hospital, which was about 40 minutes away on bumpy roads. Her team made her a small bed in the back of Taylor’s car: “I writhed in pain.”

On the way there, she decided that her plan to go without medication was going out the window. She said to her husband, “Taylor, I’m going to have an epidural. I don’t want you to be mad at me, but that’s exactly what happens when we get to the hospital.”

They settled in her room around 4 a.m., but it took another six hours for her to expand from 6 cm to 10 cm. Mandy said: “The work was intense, it was exhausting, it was harrowing.” (Your platelet counts were too low to have an epidural).

The actress squeezed for three hours until a doctor walked in with a vacuum-like device and with one push the baby was born.

They named him August because that month they found out they had a baby boy.

She described how all that “bada–” stuff her body is capable of can “blow my mind” away.

To learn more about her birthing experience, listen to the podcast here.