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Ben Foden welcomes baby daughter and reveals traumatic experience for wife Jackie

Ben Foden has welcomed his first child with his second wife Jackie Smith.

Ben Foden has welcomed his first child with his wife of one year Jackie Smith.

The newlyweds have had a daughter called Farrah, a few weeks earlier than expected.

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Jackie, originally from New York, shared Farrah’s difficult birth details on Instagram, which Ben then reposted.

Addressing her some 8,400 followers, she shared a string of photos and described the tough process.

She wrote in a lengthy post: “So with an original due date of June 12, a few weeks ago I developed cholestasis, which is an elevation in liver enzymes or something.

“I was getting super itchy, and blood work showed concerning levels, and it was decided I needed to induce at 37 weeks which is technically considered term.

24 hours of labour

She continued: “After 24 hours of labour, I wasn’t dilating, and she needed to be sectioned, so mum and Mark (my stepdad) scrubbed up and had her out in 30 minutes.

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“Ben cut the cord (which turned out to be super short, which is probably why she wasn’t coming down naturally and helping me dilate).

Meanwhile Ben shared photos and videos to his some 113,000 Instagram followers.

In one of the videos he can be heard saying he is not sure if wants to look as he films the Caesarean process.

He captioned the collection with: “Farrah Abra Foden, 5/20/2020, 6 lbs 12oz, 19.5 inches, 3 weeks early, we love you.”

Ben Foden has welcomed a daughter with wife Jackie (Credit:
Ben Foden has welcomed a daughter with wife Jackie (Credit:

“We love you”

He also shared the birthing experience to his Instagram stories. This included him encouraging Jackie to “push, push” before a Caesarean was decided.

Jackie looked clearly unimpressed when he shared a photo of her in pain and pushing.

He captioned the snap with: “Mmmmm she’s not a fan.”

She even called him a [Bleep bleep] as he continued to film.

The couple married after just two weeks of dating.

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This last year has been by far my toughest and most turbulent for a number of reasons that many of you I’m sure are aware of, in some way or another. The world has a funny way of working things out, many people think I’m a bad person – as I’m sure they’ll be many nasty comments left under this post by keyboard warriors a plenty. But I met a girl who seriously swept me off my feet and in a time of hardship showed me love, a deep devoted love. People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools, as @snackyjax and I had only been dating seriously for a little over 2 weeks before deciding to get married. But when someone like her comes in to your life, why would I wait? 🤷🏻‍♂️ The people who needed to know, such as close family and friends were told before anyone else and they are happy for me including my beautiful X wife @unahealy who I love even more for her blessing. Life is short and you only get one and it’s worth living. Jackie is the greatest human being I’ve ever come across – she’s beautiful inside and out, intelligent, charming, funny, generous, kind, gentle, energetic the list goes on. 😊 She will be a great step mum to Aoife and Tadhg and offers me a future I can’t wait to explore with her. My heart is full and I honestly couldn’t be happier, so those that want to bring negativity or try and tear me down go ahead. My life is great and I hope you all will one day feel happiness like i feel while I write this caption. I love you @snackyjax I can’t wait to see where our lives lead together you brought excitement and joy to my life and I couldn’t be prouder having stand at my side as Mrs Foden. (BTW the witness is Jackie’s sister @leila.bela thanks you too hun for being a legend) #Love

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Ben had divorced wife Una Healy of the pop group fame The Saturdays the previous year.

Ben and Una share two children together: Aoife, seven and son Tadhg, five.

Huge excitement

When the pregnancy was announced, a source told the Mail Online that Ben and Jackie were thrilled to have gotten pregnant so quickly.

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The source revealed: “Ben and Jackie are over the moon.

“They’re so excited to become parents together and are looking forward to starting their new lives as a family.

“The plan is to move from America back to the UK and raise the baby here – there’s lots to organise but they can’t wait for their new arrival.”

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