Coronation Street actor Mikey North and his wife Rachael, 34, have introduced their new baby daughter Eliza and opened up about her bizarre arrival.
Mikey, 33 – who plays Gary Windass in the ITV soap – and Rachael, 34, are already parents to a two-year-old son Archie, and they welcomed their little girl in September.
Speaking in OK! Magazine , the couple revealed Rachael was 16 days overdue and had to go into hospital to be induced.
Former fitness instructor Rachel explained: "I ended up being 16 days overdue, which was ridiculous.
"They decided to finally induce me but we had to wait a few days for a bed to become free.
"It was so bizarre going into hospital knowing I was going to have a baby as opposed to going into labour naturally.
"It was like having a casual appointment and then leaving with a baby!”
Rachel had hoped to have a water birth, but it wasn't allowed and Mickey revealed his wife was so high on painkillers during labour she "tried it on" with him.
He laughed: "She was on another planet and tried it on with me!
"I was like, “Rach, you’re in labour, it’s probably not the right time and that’s how we got in this mess in the first place!”
Mikey added: "I’m the worst birthing partner in the world.
"I was just nervously pacing around the whole time and Rach shouted at me to sit down.”
During the previous birth of their son, Rachael lost 1.5 litres of blood when a vein was accidentally severed during an episiotomy.
After confirming her next pregnancy, Rachael admitted she was feeling wary after the the trauma she experienced in the delivery room first time round.
"[I feel] a little bit apprehensive, to be honest. But I feel more prepared because I know what contractions feel like and how bad it can be.
“I’m not as naïve this time, I guess. What will be will be."
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