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Drew Barrymore: I stalked nurses for tips

Drew Barrymore "psycho-stalked" nurses for parenting tips when she first became a mother.

The actress and her husband Will Kopelman welcomed their first child into the world in September, a daughter called Olive.

Drew was overcome with emotion when she gave birth and immediately decided to give parenting her all.

"When my daughter was born, I thought to myself, how do I go past infinity with my efforts and care?" she told Harpers Bazaar magazine.

"I asked my mother-in-law questions. I psycho-stalked all of the nurses with so many questions. I asked every single question. I'm a real stay-at-home mom. I'm really hands-on. Everything else became secondary."

Drew refuted claims she gave birth at home, explaining she actually had Olive in hospital.

After the tot arrived the 37-year-old star began to worry about the kind of childhood she would have with a mother who is such a public figure.

"I definitely needed some time," she admitted. "For a solid six weeks, I was hiding like the Unabomber [a bomber who evaded capture for many years]. Because I live my life in the public eye, and I didn't want that for her. [Then I realised] unless I move into a bunker underground, I don't have a choice in this matter. It was something that took me weeks to cope with."

Drew had a famously difficult childhood, including stints in rehab when she was a young teenager and a suicide attempt. At 15 she petitioned to be treated as a legal adult and was granted emancipation from her parents.

Although she harbours no ill will about her upbringing, it's not something the star is looking to replicate.

"I had such an exposed childhood… I appreciate my journey, but I don't want that for my kid. Not any of it. It has nothing to do with whether I liked my childhood. I really did. But as a parent, that isn't the childhood that I'd provide," she said.

Drew is also adamant she doesn't want to hide Olive from the world as she believes that would also be damaging. She and Will discussed how to get the best out of their lives and realised they were in danger of retreating too much.

"We could literally live in a windowless room ten feet underground. Or I could come to terms with the fact that it's really hard. I went through every scenario in my head of how to make it work, and I just didn't want to be one of those weirdos in a cabin in the woods in a hooded sweatshirt," she said.

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