Gemma Atkinson feels “incredibly lucky” after suffering a haemorrhage during her difficult labour.
The model and actress has revealed that she suffered dangerous bleeding during the birth of her daughter Mia.
Atkinson, who has had a healthy child with her partner, Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, said nine NHS doctors steered her through a birth which could have had a “different outcome”.
The actress posted a candid explanation of her dangerous labour on Instagram, with a picture of her looking weary while holding her newborn child.
She said: “I was having a haemorrhage. A big one & I lost a lot of blood.
“I don’t remember much other than having around 9 doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me & one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner.”
She added: “The trauma was over & thanks to our NHS & incredible hospital staff we were ok. I’m fully aware for some people it’s a different outcome & I feel incredibly lucky that me & Mia are healthy & healed.”
Atkinson thanked her partner and her mother for their care during the ordeal in hospital.
She also said that her young daughter can achieve anything after the traumatic introduction to the world, and called her “our little soldier”.
Craig David praised Atkinson and her daughter as “fighters” in a comment.
The musician said: “You’re both fighters & i’m so happy for You & Gorks that you have beautiful Mia now to bring an even deeper Love between you!”
BBC presenter Ore Oduba, who won the 2016 series of Strictly partnered with Joanne Clifton, said the pair were “superwomen”.
He said: “What did I say, you’re a hero. And Mia is a fighter.
“Gorks you’ve got two superwomen right there, and they couldn’t do it without you!! So happy you’re all ok.”
Christine McGuinness, wife of TV personality Paddy McGuinness, and former JLS star Aston Merrygold were also among those sending their congratulations.
Gemma Atkinson ‘incredibly lucky’ to make it through difficult birth