Singer Jamelia reveals 'incredibly traumatic' birth of fourth child in front of teen daughter

Jamelia has welcomed her fourth baby following an 'incredibly traumatic' birth in front of teen daughter

Jamelia traumatic birth - Jamelia and teen daughter on red carpet at MOBO Awards 2021
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Pop singer Jamelia has confirmed she's given birth to her fourth child, recalling her 'incredibly traumatic' C-section in front of her teenage daughter.

The Superstar hitmaker, who gave birth to her fourth child at the age of 41, has revealed the arrival was "incredibly traumatic" and was witnessed by her daughter Tiani, 17, who saw everything.

"It was so scary. I felt like I was in labour for a month, but the main objective was to keep the baby in for as long as possible. I just had to hold on," Jamelia explained in an interview with Hello!

"I'd only ever seen a C-section on the telly, and thought, 'Oh well, at least it's going to be straightforward and I'll be out in five minutes.' There's this idea of 'too posh to push' – that it’s the easier option. But I found it incredibly traumatic. And then you’re recovering from major surgery while looking after a newborn."

Jamelia has choses to keep her husband's identity secret, remained at home to look after their youngest daughter, True, four. As a result, her eldest children, Teja, 21 and Tiani, were forced to flip a coin to decide who would be her birthing partner.

She explained, "As selfish as it might sound, I wanted to share this experience with my girls. Seeing someone give birth should be a good contraceptive as well."

It's not the only traumatic birth Jamelia has experienced, she previously revealed how she almost lost her third child, True, when the baby stopped breathing while lying on her chest back in 2018.

Jamelia recalled the moment she was watching TV with her daughter, "I just noticed at one point she flung herself backwards and it took me a couple of seconds to realise she wasn't breathing.

"At that point I can only describe panic. After about two minutes I just remember my daughter going limp and I felt like when she was giving up.

"All I kept thinking was, 'Oh my gosh, she's going to die. She's going to die'."

Eldest daughter Teja phoned for an ambulance and followed instructions from the emergency services call handler until paramedics arrived.

“If it wasn’t for my daughter she might not be here because I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)