A huge congratulations are in order to Mikey North and his wife Rachael as this week they exclusively revealed to OK! magazine that they’ve welcomed their second child into the world.
Although former fitness instructor, Rachael, gave birth to a healthy baby girl called Eliza in September, the pair admitted that the labour wasn’t all smooth sailing.
“I ended up being 16 days overdue, which was ridiculous," Rachael exclusively told OK! magazine. “They decided to finally induce me but we had to wait a few days for a bed to become free.”
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“It was so bizarre going into hospital knowing I was going to have a baby as opposed to going into labour naturally,” she continued. “It was like having a casual appointment and then leaving with a baby!”
Mikey, who’s been playing bad boy Gary Windass on Coronation Street for 11 years went on to add, “It was the longest 16 days ever, it was like waiting for the end of time!”
After the meeting in a bar three years before tying in 2016, Mikey, 33, and Rachael, 34, welcomed their first child Archie who’s now two.
“Eliza’s birth was definitely a lot smoother than the first birth with Archie,” Mikey explained referring to his wife having to undergo an episiotomy which lead to her losing one and half litres of blood during her birth with Archie.
Rachael opened up about being disappointed that she wasn’t allowed to give birth to Eliza in water like she hoped for, and how being induced lead to her taking a range of pain relief.
“I was given gas and air, diamorphine and an epidural,” she revealed.
“She was on another planet and tried it on with me!” Mikey laughed. “I was like, “Rach, you’re in labour, it’s probably not the right time and that’s how we got in this mess in the first place!”
The Cayton born soapstar, who’s been acting since the age of 12, also admitted to not being the most supportive birthing partner for his wife Rachael.
“I’m the worst birthing partner in the world,” he confessed. “I was just nervously pacing around the whole time and Rach shouted at me to sit down.”
“Hats off to any woman that gives birth. I’m just thankful I don’t have to do it!” he laughed.
After over ten years on the cobbles Mikey shut down any claims that he may be leaving the ITV soap, telling OK! magazine that he fully intends on playing Gary for the foreseeable future.
“I’ll refuse to perform the exit scenes if they try to make me leave [laughs]. They’ll have to carry me out of there!” he said.
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