Charley Webb and her husband Matthew Wolfenden have opened up about the dramatic birth of their baby, Ace, on July 26. The Emmerdale actress’ midwife and her spouse, 39, who now have three children in total, was forced to press the panic button following complications with their newest addition. The 31-year-old has recalled the stressful birth in an interview in the latest issue of OK! Magazine, which left the David Metcalfe star in a “panic”. The Debbie Dingle beauty went on to discuss storing the newborn’s stem sells, a “relatively new procedure”.
Recalling what happened, 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.”
Matthew commented: “She said he’d cough and splutter, but he didn’t, so she had Ace on his front and was rubbing his back.
“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.”
On the worrying ordeal, 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 then stated: “I wasn’t. After I knew Ace was okay and breathing, I nearly there up from the panic. I’d been so worried in those moments.”
Charley and Matthew are parents to Buster, nine, and three-year-old Bowie as well as Ace.
They wed last year in a surprise ceremony, initially telling family and friends it was a party for her 30th birthday.
Thankfully despite the initial concerns, Matthew was able to cut the umbilical cord, before the stem cells were removed.
She stated: “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.”