Christina Celis "was vibing" during Zedd's set at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas on Saturday when the pregnant 29-year-old felt a "random pain."
“Something didn’t feel right," recalls the Santa Clarita, Calif.-native, who was attending EDC, the largest electronic dance music festival in North America, for the fifth time. "I noticed something was wrong and I had to leave."
After seeing onsite medical staff, Celis was informed that she was experiencing premature labor pains even though her due date wasn’t for another “six to eight weeks," she tells Yahoo Life.
After receiving the swift diagnosis, Celis, with her boyfriend Jonathan Garcia by her side, was transferred to a hospital — and within "10 or 15 minutes" of arriving, their daughter was born.
Named Izzabella Daisy Garcia, the extra z in her first name honors Celis's favorite DJ, Zedd. The middle name, which Celis says was Garcia’s idea, was chosen for the festival (which has "Daisy" in its name).
When she woke the next morning, Izzabella in hand, the new mom sent out a tweet announcing that she gave birth to a “happy and healthy” baby.
Thank you @PasqualeRotella was able to enjoy 1 1/2 days of @EDC_LasVegas. Went into early labor during @Zedd set on Saturday and had to leave. Had a beautiful baby girl 👶🏽🎀 She’s a premie but is doing amazing. She wanted to have fun with us at the festival 🤣 sad we are…
— Cristina Celis (@tinacelis11) May 22, 2023
She also responded to Zedd, whose most popular tracks include "Clarity" and "Stay" with Alessia Cara, who was looking for the person who went into labor at his show.
“CONGRATS!!!!! So happy you’re both healthy and that I had the honor to be the soundtrack,” Zedd wrote back.
Upon seeing Zedd's tweet, Celis was "super shocked."
“It was amazing. I just, I didn’t even know what to think," she tells Yahoo Life. "I was getting tagged and some of my friends were sending it to me. I looked at my boyfriend and was like, ‘Is this real, like? What is happening?’”
Others online sent the family of three their congrats as well, with several referring to Izzabella as a “rave baby.”
On the flip side, Celis has also received criticism from fellow ravers accusing her of being "irresponsible" for going to the festival on the cusp of her third trimester.
“I try not to look at that,” she says of the comments, noting that she's "also gotten DMs saying, like, ‘Don't even think about all the negative comments,’ ‘You're amazing,’ ‘You're doing you, you can handle anything,’” she adds. “So, there is a lot of support.”
Celis and Garcia were discharged from the hospital on May 23, but will have to stay in Las Vegas for “a couple more weeks,” or until Izzabella is strong enough to travel home.
Since the birth was unexpected, she admits they’ve run into financial challenges while searching for hotels. But they’re trying to make it work, she explains, and the fact that her daughter is healthy is “all that really matters to me.”
"The doctor says she's responding well," she says. "She passed all the tests. She's still in the air ventilator, but she’s doing really well."
The couple is looking forward to raising their first child together and when Izzabella is old enough, they plan on making music festivals an important part of her life. But that'll have to wait "a couple more years."
“Obviously, I’m going to consult with her doctors and my doctors, and everything,” she says. “And once I know it’s safe for her to go, we’ll teach her about everything.”
“I just love the community,” she says of festival culture. “Everybody's just so welcoming. I'm not really outgoing, but when I'm at the shows, I just feel so comfortable.”
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