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Countryfile host Helen Skelton has opened about the birth of her little girl Elsie, who she shares with her rugby player husband Richie Myler.

In a candid chat, the couple revealed all about their daughter's very quick delivery three days early on December 28 at 5.15am following a speedy two-hour labour after her waters broke.

Helen revealed her daughter was home by 1pm and meeting her brothers Ernie, six, and Louis, four.

She also told how Richie was eagerly anticipating Elise's arrival and was on tenterhooks for about a month before her arrival.

She told Hello: "All the way through November, he was convinced I’d have her early. Every time I called him, he would say: 'Are you in labour?'"

But as the birth approached their was concern the baby was measuring small.

Helen also contracted Covid a few days before Christmas and was admitted to hospital on December 27th so she could be closely monitored.

Helen said doctors had talked about "inducing" her a few weeks earlier, but she had Louis who was also born early, on the kitchen floor at the couple's French home.

Helen adds: "So, I wanted to wait until she was ready. It did happen quickly though, and there was no time for an epidural or any drugs. My midwife Victoria and the whole team at LGI [Leeds General Infirmary] were amazing. You meet a midwife and after five minutes it feels like she is part of your family. I am in awe of them."

The presenter said it was about ten minutes before they checked to see that Elise was a girl, which was the gender the couple were told the child would be early in Helen's pregnancy.

Helen revealed her child's birth weight was " 7lb 8oz" – her biggest child as Louis was just 5.6lb and Ernie was 7lb.

She added: "I thought she’d be small, but she is my biggest bubba!".

Follwing the birth Helen announced to her 260,000 Instagram followers she had welcomed her new bundle of joy into the world.

She captioned of Richie holding a carry cot containing their little one: "Can always count on dickie …. of all the things he’s said (there’s been a lot) 'don’t worry I will be your lido…' while on route to hospital might be my fave. The man meant Doula.

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