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

Helen Skelton gave birth in front of firefighters

Share article:

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.

Sport Relief raises 38m

Sport Relief raises 38m

24 March 2018 - 8:00 AM

Sport Relief raises 38m

"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.

Helen Skelton: I was groped live on air whilst pregnant

Helen Skelton: I was groped live on air whilst pregnant

16 March 2018 - 8:00 AM

Helen Skelton: I was groped live on air whilst pregnant

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."

Shelby Tribble not worried about single Megan McKenna
26 April 2018

Shelby Tribble not worried about single Megan McKenna

Shelby Tribble not worried about single Megan McKenna
Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo's dating life ruined by I'm A Celeb
26 April 2018

Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo's dating life ruined by I'm A Celeb

Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo's dating life ruined by I'm A Celeb
Death in Paradise cast return to Guadeloupe to shoot S8
26 April 2018

Death in Paradise cast return to Guadeloupe to shoot S8

Death in Paradise cast return to Guadeloupe to shoot S8
Jessica Wright splits from Giovanni Pernice
26 April 2018

Jessica Wright splits from Giovanni Pernice

Jessica Wright splits from Giovanni Pernice
Georgia Toffolo wants another Queen of the Jungle
25 April 2018

Georgia Toffolo wants another Queen of the Jungle

Georgia Toffolo wants another Queen of the Jungle
Russell T Davies responds to Christopher Eccleston's criticism
25 April 2018

Russell T Davies responds to Christopher Eccleston's criticism

Russell T Davies responds to Christopher Eccleston's criticism
Kym Marsh: Shayne Ward made 'wrong' canteen choices
25 April 2018

Kym Marsh: Shayne Ward made 'wrong' canteen choices

Kym Marsh: Shayne Ward made 'wrong' canteen choices
Lennie James' 'fun' Jason Flemyng Save Me casting
25 April 2018

Lennie James' 'fun' Jason Flemyng Save Me casting

Lennie James' 'fun' Jason Flemyng Save Me casting
Denise Welch piled on pounds after booze ban
25 April 2018

Denise Welch piled on pounds after booze ban

Denise Welch piled on pounds after booze ban
Amber Turner's life-changing boob job
25 April 2018

Amber Turner's life-changing boob job

Amber Turner's life-changing boob job
Ken Farrington: Corrie has lost its humour
25 April 2018

Ken Farrington: Corrie has lost its humour

Ken Farrington: Corrie has lost its humour
EastEnders mark royal baby birth
25 April 2018

EastEnders mark royal baby birth

EastEnders mark royal baby birth