Charley Webb, 31, who’s played Debbie Dingle on ITV’s Emmerdale since 2002, gave birth to her third child, Ace, with husband and fellow Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden just last month. But in a recent interview, the actress revealed it wasn’t all plain sailing. She revealed the terrifying moment Ace’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. Known a nuchal cord, it led to Ace not breathing.
“The umbilical cord was wrapped around Ace’s neck when he was born,” Charley told OK! magazine.
“It came off and he was passed to me but I could tell something was wrong.
“Ace wasn’t breathing at first – so the midwife had to press the panic button.”
Matthew added: “She said he’d cough and splutter, but he didn’t, so she had Ace on his front and was rubbing his back.
“Eventually – and it felt like an hour but it was probably just seconds – he coughed and was fine.
“By the time someone had come through the door from the panic button being pressed, Ace was breathing again, so it couldn’t have been long. Although it felt like a lifetime.”
Charley also recalled: “I felt weirdly calm as I’d only just pushed him out and was a bit zoned out from the gas and air, although I was together enough to see that he wasn’t breathing.”
But while Charley was calm, Matthew admitted he “nearly threw up” from the stress of the situation.
A nuchal cord can interrupt blood flow, oxygen and nutrients getting to the foetus. This can cause complications.
But many nuchal cords resolve themselves before delivery.
The main cause of a nuchal chord is excessive moment by the foetus.
The most common risk a nuchal cord presents is decrease heart rate of the baby during delivery.
But even if there is a decreased heart rate, most babies are born healthy.
Charley also experienced some problems during her pregnancy.
In March this year she revealed she’d been suffering from extreme morning sickness.
She also revealed she’d been diagnosed with symphysis pubis dysfunction, which is also referred to as pelvic girdle pain.
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