The odds were against her: Gemma Atkinson opens up about traumatic birth

Gemma Atkinson has revealed that she had nine doctors fighting to save her life shortly after her baby girl Mia was born on July 4. The mum has opened up about her terrifying labour story in a raw and honest post on Instagram. Gemma decided to share the story alongside a photo of her cuddling Mia in her hospital bed.

The mum wrote, "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 Tuesday and we gave her the benefit of the doubt but by the Wednesday evening despite her being in the perfect place and so low down, she still hadn’t managed it," the mum explained.

"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 third one midwife Katie who was taking care of me at the time pressed the panic alarm and within 15 mins I was rushed out, prepped and 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  and accept whatever is best for Mia just do it!" she continued.


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Gemma revealed that two hours after her daughter was born she began to feel extremely sick. "Gorka got a doctor and she took one look at me and again pressed the panic button. I was having a haemorrhage. A big one and I lost a lot of blood. I don’t remember much other than having around nine doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me and one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner."


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The new mum woke up in another room surrounded by Gorka and her family. "Mia was sleeping soundly and a lovely midwife named Di was checking my notes. The trauma was over and thanks to our NHS and incredible hospital staff we were okay. I’m fully aware for some people it’s a different outcome and I feel incredibly lucky that me and Mia are healthy and healed."

She added, "My mum moved in with me while Gorks was away and 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 one. She feeds perfectly and is gaining weight like I do on an all inclusive holiday! We’re SO proud of her, she’s our little soldier and I’m so grateful."

Gemma is beyond brave for sharing such a personal and undoubtedly nerve-wrecking story.