Charley Webb reveals Matthew Wolfenden cooked and cleaned after her waters broke — leaving Lucy Pargeter to buy breast pads and nappies
Charley Webb has revealed how husband Matthew Wolfenden carried on cooking and cleaning after her waters broke as they introduce their third son, Ace, to fans.
Charley, 31, Matthew, 39, and their sons Buster, nine, Bowie, three, and Ace — who was born on 26 July — have sat down for an exclusive interview and photoshoot with OK! magazine to reveal the intimate details of the birth.
Discussing the lead up to the birth, Matthew explained: "I wrapped up filming at Emmerdale at 6pm on July 25 and got home at 6.30pm. I started cooking dinner and at 7.30pm Charley’s waters broke!"
Charley continued: "Matthew turned into such a weirdo! My waters had broken and he carried on cooking and then was tidying the garden and vacuuming the car!"
The David Metcalfe actor defended himself, adding: "I panicked a bit as our older sons were both born a few days late, but Ace came on Charley’s due date, so I thought we had time to get the house sorted. I was trying to get organised!"
Revealing how she left it to co-star Lucy Pargeter to gather her belongings, Charley said: "Nothing was done. I hadn’t even packed my hospital bag.
"I had to ring Lucy Pargeter who went to the shops to buy me breast pads and nappies. We assumed we’d have at least a day to get that stuff!
"We dropped the kids off at Matthew’s parents and then went to our local hospital. I gave birth in the birthing centre there, rather than the labour ward.
"I had gas and air, which is the same as with my older boys. The birth was intense – my waters broke at 7.30pm and I had Ace at 5am the following morning.
"I got in the birthing pool for the last ten minutes, which I hadn’t done before and I loved it."
Matthew gushed: "Charley didn’t make a sound while giving birth! I think at one point she said: 'Ow!' but that was it! She’s incredible."
But unfortunately, the labour wasn't completely plain sailing, as the couple revealed the horrifying moment Ace was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.
Recalling the scary moment, Charley said: "The umbilical cord was wrapped around Ace’s neck when he was born. 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."
Doting dad 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 continued: "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."
Matthew went on to reveal: "I wasn’t. After I knew Ace was okay and breathing, I nearly threw up from the panic. I’d been so worried in those moments."
Following the panic, Charley and Matthew made the decision to have Ace's stem cells removed from his umbilical cord, meaning he could have his life saved if he gets ill in the future.
Charley explained: "Matthew cut his umbilical cord, although this time we had his stem cells removed from it.
"It’s a relatively new procedure but they’re stored so, God forbid he’s poorly in the future, doctors can use his stem cells.
"Also, if they match our other children, they could use them, too. I think more people should do it as it could save lives."
Matthew added: "I was quite pleased to be dealing with all of that afterwards, as it took my mind off what had just happened."
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