Gemma Atkinson ‘incredibly lucky’ to make it through difficult birth
She had a daughter, Mia, with partner Gorka Marquez.
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.
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This picture was taken when Mia was 30hrs old. The weary smile on my face doesn’t quite portray how happy I was inside as 30hrs earlier, things could have gone very differently. Mia was a tiny baby, 4lb 10. With that in mind the midwife was concerned she wouldn’t be strong enough to open my cervix. My water broke on a tues & we gave her the benefit of the doubt but by the Wednesday evening despite her being in the perfect place & so low down, she still hadn’t managed it. The decision was made to induce me to help her along but she disliked that even more. With every contraction her heart rate dropped. On the 3rd one midwife Katie who was taking care of me at the time pressed the panic alarm & within 15 mins I was rushed out, prepped & delivered Mia via an emergency C section. It wasn’t what I’d planned but thanks to my hypnobirthing despite the madness & panic, I was able to calmly keep my breathing technique & accept whatever is best for Mia just do it! 2hrs later I was alone with Gorks & Mia blissfully happy in a ward when I suddenly felt extremely unwell. Gorka got a doctor and she took 1 look at me & again pressed the panic button. I was having a hemorrhage. 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. I woke in another room with Gorks & my family there, Mia sleeping soundly & a lovely midwife named Di who was checking my notes. 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. My mum moved in with me while Gorks was away & has been incredible! If I can be half the mum she is to me I’ll be happy! I’m going to remind Mia of this story any time she has doubts about what she can achieve in life. The odds were against her from the start, but she’s been a little fighter from day 1. Feeds perfectly & is gaining weight like I do on an all inclusive holiday! We’re SO proud of her, she’s our little soldier & I’m so Grateful ❤️
“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.