Jamelia reveals teen daughter was her birthing partner as she welcomed fourth child
Jamelia has revealed how she was supported by her teenage daughter as she delivered her fourth child earlier this month.
The singer, 41, was accompanied by her second eldest Tiani, 17, as she welcomed her newborn baby girl, whom she has not yet disclosed the name of.
Speaking to Hello! magazine about having her daughter as her birthing partner, she said: ""As selfish as it might sound, I wanted to share this experience with my girls.
"Seeing someone give birth should be a good contraceptive as well."
The TV star explained that Tiani and her older sister Teja, 21, tossed a coin to decide who would be beside their mother at the important family moment.
Meanwhile, her husband – whom she married in 2017 and has never publicly revealed the identity of – was at home with their daughter True, four.
Jamelia isn't the only star to have their children present at the birth of their siblings – including Sam Faiers who was kept company in labour by her four-year-old daughter.
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Similarly, Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools allowed their teenage daughters to watch their little brother River arrive into the world.
Also keeping it a family affair, Goldie Hawn was present at the birth of daughter Kate Hudson's children.
Jamelia described being a mother to four daughters as the "most incredible gift" and said she feels "fortunate" to have given birth in her 20s, 30s and now 40s.
She explained: "It’s been my greatest blessing to experience motherhood at all these different times and being able to learn at different stages of my life."
The former Loose Women panellist also opened up about the "scary" delivery of her daughter via emergency C-section at 36 weeks.
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After her waters broke at 32 weeks, she was monitored closely by doctors, with the objective being to keep her unborn baby in for as long as possible.
However, it was decided during a hospital visit that she required an emergency C-section – but what she thought would be a "straightforward" operation proved to be "incredibly traumatic".
She recalled: "You’re recovering from major surgery while looking after a newborn."
If you too have experienced a difficult birth and feel in need of support, you can contact The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) which supports women who suffer from birth trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after giving birth.
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