Helen Skelton gave birth in front of firefighters
8 May 2017 - 9:00 AM

Helen Skelton gave birth in front of firefighters

Helen Skelton gave birth to her second child in front of a team of French firefighters.

The 33-year-old TV star welcomed her son Louis into the world while she was sat on the kitchen floor of her family home in Perpignan, France, on April 8 - and although her rugby league star husband Richie Myler couldn't be at the birth, a team of firefighters were present for the arrival of her baby boy.

Helen explained: "It was all a bit frantic. We are just so relieved he is safely here. I'm still not really sure why the fire brigade arrived but it seems they were the closest emergency service at the time!"

The presenter, who also has a 23-month-old son called Ernie, revealed the birth developed at a surprising speed, as compared to the arrival of her first child.

She said: "I'd been out for a walk with Ernie in the pram and when I arrived back home I was getting a few pains.

"At first I thought it was because I'd been out for a long walk but then I could hardly move. I phoned Rich to say, "I think you need to get to the airport as I'm in labour." As I'd been two days in labour with Ernie, I didn't realise it was going to be so quick. But within an hour of calling Rich, I couldn't get up off the floor."

Richie was stuck in the UK and so he called a nearby friend, who rushed to see Helen and then called the emergency services.

The blonde beauty told HELLO! magazine: "The firefighters were lovely and beside themselves with excitement as they said they hadn't been at a birth before, but bless them they weren't up to speed with what you do so they were all flapping."

And when Richie did finally arrived in France, he was overcome with emotion.

Helen shared: "Bless him, he looked like he'd done five rounds with Anthony Joshua, he'd been crying so much."

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