Brian McFadden and his fiancée Danielle Parkinson have revealed they were playing golf when the new mother’s waters broke.
The former Westlife star, 41, and his 39-year-old partner’s little girl arrived via an emergency C-section on May 8, with them now announcing her name is Ruby Jean.
The pair were finally able to welcome their first child together after undergoing IVF treatment and suffering two miscarriages.
New arrival: Brian McFadden, 41, and his fiancée Danielle Parkinson, 39, have revealed they were playing golf when the new mother’s waters broke
Speaking about their little girl’s shock arrival, Danielle recalled to
The new mum recalled how she had a C-section planned for Sunday as her baby had been breech for some time, but she went into labour early on the Friday.
Smiling at his stunning wife-to-be, Brian said: ‘It kinda all happened so fast!’
Danielle then explained: ‘We went home and at 8pm I started having weird pains and by 10pm they were intense so we went to the hospital.
Sweet: The former Westlife star and his partner’s little girl, Ruby Jean, arrived into the world via an emergency C-section on May 8
‘There was a queue for the theatre so I was having to go through these contractions, which were horrific. I was in so much pain and desperate for any pain relief.’
When she was seen at hospital, Danielle was only a centimeter dilated and in agony, with Ruby then getting a little ‘distressed’ meaning things started to move quickly.
Danielle continued: ‘But then, it sounds disgusting, she pooed inside me and that means they’re in a bit of distress so they took me straight to the emergency bit.
‘I was kind of thankful she’d done that as the contractions were the worst pain I’ve ever experienced.’
Reflecting further on the pain, Danielle said gas and air ‘didn’t touch the sides’ and that if she has another child she’ll be having an ‘epidural’ and ‘all the pain relief’.
Excited: The pair were finally able to welcome their first child together after undergoing IVF treatment and two miscarriages and recently shared their birthing story with OK!
Brian – who also has Molly, 19, and Lily-Sue, 18, with ex-wife Kerry Katona – predicted that his future wife would demand drugs even though she planned a natural birth.
He recalled how while they were preparing for Ruby’s arrival and doing prenatal classes he had a feeling that despite Danielle saying she wanted to give birth as naturally as possible, she would take some drugs during labour.
The pair said they were surprised by how quick Ruby was delivered and that they are thankful she’s healthy, with proud mama Danielle saying the experience was ‘surreal’.
West Life star Brian and his partner announced they were expecting their first child together in December.
He knew it: Brian – who also has Molly, 19, and Lily-Sue, 18, with ex-wife Kerry Katona – predicted that his future wife would demand drugs even though she planned a natural birth
Brian and Danielle first shared the joyous pregnancy news in an interview with
Danielle told the publication at the time: ‘It does [feel like a miracle] but I feel awful saying that, as I’ve had so many messages on Instagram.
‘The IVF community is so lovely and I’ve heard real traumatic stories from people who have been trying for 10 years, people who have had eight-plus miscarriages, so I feel we got lucky on our third attempt.’
During the interview, the couple also revealed that Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall – who themselves suffered a miscarriage – put them in touch with a nutritionist, who they say helped them conceive.
Didn’t go to plan: Unfortunately Ruby decided to let out a poo while still inside her mother which meant she had to have a C-section immediately
‘Mike and Zara put us in touch with Simone the nutritionist who got us prepared for this time,’ said Brian.
‘After we had the miscarriage, we sat with them and talked. This woman would put us on a certain diet, and Mike guaranteed it would work. He was completely right.’
The couple previously revealed they suffered a ‘devastating’ miscarriage in late 2019 after a year-long IVF journey.
They opened up about their fertility struggles in
Danielle, who suffers from low egg count, told how she was thrilled to become pregnant during the couple’s first round of IVF, but was left heartbroken when she lost the baby at five weeks.
Helping hand: The couple have credited Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall – who themselves suffered a miscarriage – with connecting with a nutritionist to help them conceive
Danielle said: ‘It was awful. She [the gynaecologist] showed us that my womb was empty. I was in tears – I felt numb. Brian was upset too, but he was really strong for me.’
Brian added: ‘We were devastated. I didn’t believe the baby was gone… it was the worst sinking feeling ever.’
Danielle explained that she has quite low AMH [Anti-Müllerian hormone], meaning that she produces eggs but there are only a few of them.
Danielle previously explained they had also considered a surrogate and adoption as other options for the future.
Struggles: Danielle, who suffers from low egg count, previously told how she was thrilled to fall pregnant during the couple’s first round of IVF, but was left heartbroken when she lost the baby at five weeks (pictured with Brian’s daughter Lily)
How does IVF work?
In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.
Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.
Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29 per cent for women under 35
23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37
15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39
9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42
3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44
2 per cent for women aged over 44