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Coronation Street star Mikey North reveals birth drama after becoming a dad for the first time

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 14/02/2017 Dianne Bourne
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Coronation Street star Mikey North has shown off his cute baby son Archie with wife Rachael for the tot’s first photo shoot.

The actor, who plays fitness guru Gary Windass in the ITV soap, and Rachael welcomed baby son Archie into the world on November 10th 2016.

But they have only now revealed it was a less than straightforward labour for Rachael, as she was almost forced to have a blood transfusion after her episiotomy went wrong, with Mikey describing the scene as something like a “chainsaw massacre”.

“I had to have an episiotomy but unfortunately they cut through a vein and I lost one and a half litres of blood,” Rachael revealed to this week's OK! magazine.

The traumatic few hours before little Archie was born also saw Rachael being put on a drip to speed up her contractions, which she said was more painful than anything she’d ever experienced.

“She was throwing up with the pain,” said Mikey. “I had tears in my eyes just watching.”

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Luckily, Archie was eventually born after 20 hours weighing 8lb 5oz – and the couple, who got married in January 2016, said being parents is the “best thing ever”.

The lovely news comes after Stephanie Davis gave birth to her baby boy Caben-Albi on January 13th 2017 after a long labour.

She and the baby’s father, Jeremy McConnell, seem to have put their differences to one side now that Jez has acknowledged paternity of his little son.

And there’s plenty more baby news in this week’s OK! magazine, with pregnant star Danielle Lloyd recreating Beyonce’s already iconic pose.

OK! magazine is on newsstands now.


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