Kellie Bright, 42, developed a passion for acting as a young girl and has appeared in stage shows such as Annie and Les Misérables. Her natural talent and determination landed her a place in the highly respected school for drama, The Sylvia Young Theatre School. Kellie appeared on hit shows such as Bad Girls, Holby City and in the Only Fools and Horses prequel, Rock and Chips. Kellie joined the cast of the BBC’s EastEnders back in 2013 and in that time has experienced many powerful and heartbreaking story lines.
Three years into the job of her dreams, Kellie received more great news and was told she was pregnant with her second child with long-term partner Paul Stocker.
The birth, however, was an extremely traumatising time for Kellie and in January 2017, she bravely revealed her ordeal and opened up about how she was nearly left having to undergo an episiotomy following the complications she endured.
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Kellie admitted that doctors were in talks about whether or not she needed the procedure which involved cutting the area between the vagina and anus to help enlarge the area to make it easier for childbirth.
“At one point there were whispers of having to give me an episiotomy and I definitely didn’t want that,” said Kellie when speaking to OK! magazine.
Kellie added: “We were kept overnight – partly because of his breathing and partly, I think, because you need that little bit of time to get used to your new arrival.”
Kellie continued: “There were also talk of them using a ventouse but luckily I managed to deliver without ending either of them.”
Paul, who was at her side for the birth, revealed there were major fears for young Gene’s health after doctors noticed issues with his breathing.
“There were some concerns about his breathing. He was breathing too quickly so he was taken off to the special baby unit for monitoring, but as soon as he arrived there his breathing had settled right back down.”
Kellie Bright health: Doctors wanted to give the star an episiotomy due to difficult birth
What is episiotomy?
The Mayo Clinic said: “An episiotomy is an incision made in the perineum, the tissue between the vaginal opening and the anus during childbirth.
“Although the procedure was once a routine part of childbirth, that’s no longer the case.
“For years, an episiotomy was thought to help prevent more extensive vaginal tears during childbirth — and heal better than a natural tear.
“The procedure was also thought to help preserve the muscular and connective tissue support of the pelvic floor.
“Today, however, research suggests that routine episiotomies don’t prevent these problems after all.”
Risks and healing after an episiotomy
“Episiotomy recovery is uncomfortable, and sometimes the surgical incision is more extensive than a natural tear would have been.
“Infection is possible. For some women, an episiotomy causes pain during sex in the months after delivery.
“A midline episiotomy puts you at risk of fourth-degree vaginal tearing, which extends through the anal sphincter and into the mucous membrane that lines the rectum.
“Fecal incontinence is a possible complication. While you’re healing, expect the discomfort to progressively improve.
“Contact your health care provider if the pain intensifies, you develop a fever or the wound produces a pus-like discharge.
“These could be signs and symptoms of an infection,” added Mayo Clinic.