Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson, 34, has defended giving birth to her daughter via a caesarean section in a candid Instagram post.
Former Hollyoaks actress Gemma, who gave birth to daughter Mia in July, posted a heartfelt message about having a c-section and defended her procedure after revealing a “lady recently joked” Gemma took “the easy option” by having a one.
Gemma, who had a traumatic 30 hour-long labour with Mia which later led to an emergency c-section, shared a photo on her Instagram of a poem which called women who have c-sections “brave”.
In the caption, she then told a story of an unnamed woman who “joked” about her c-section. Recalling the incident, Gemma said the woman said she “had the easy option when it came to having Mia” because she “didn’t experience ‘proper labour’.”
She added: “She wasn’t being nasty, she said it in jest and she was actually really lovely, but it did get me thinking when I got home.
“Had I failed? Had I not done it ‘properly’ ? After a good chat with myself i came to the conclusion that the only ‘proper’ way to have a baby is the way that’s safest for you and your baby. [sic]”
Gemma, who has Mia with Strictly boyfriend Gorka Marquez, 28, then said: “There is nothing easy about having a section. There is nothing easy about a vaginal delivery. They are both tiring, scary, emotionally draining and each have their own recovery process both mentally & physically.”
She then had a message for her 1.2million followers which read: “However you brought your baby into the world was right for you and your baby at that time and that’s what matters. To any mums who like me, had to have a section and are feeling a little odd about it (which is normal) the above is for you.”
Gemma’s inspirational words received more than 40,000 likes and 3,000 comments with praise and support from other mums.
“After 2 emergency sections with my children, I totally need this every so often,” one said.
While another added: “If I had not had an emergency c section my baby would not have made it! A healthy baby is what matters no matter how they make their entrance.”
And a third wrote: “Only a woman who has never had a c-section would make such a ridiculous comment.”
After giving birth to Mia, Gemma recalled her traumatic birth experience and revealed the midwives were concerned Mia wouldn’t be “strong enough” to “open her cervix” because she was a “tiny baby”.
She told her Instagram followers at the time: “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.”
She added: “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!”
n the same post Gemma explained how she was with Gorka after having Mia when she “suddenly felt extremely unwell”. She added: “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. [sic]
“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.”
She went on to thank the “incredible” NHS staff who helped her and said she felt “extremely lucky that me & Mia are healthy & healed”.
Gemma and Gorka revealed the happy news they were having a baby with a sweet Instagram post in February this year.
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