Kellie Shirley gives birth! Ex EastEnders star welcomes baby boy with her husband Phil Davies
Kellie Shirley has given birth to a baby boy.
The former EastEnders star, 41, took to Instagram on Sunday to announce she and her husband Phil Davies had welcomed their bundle of job.
Sharing an adorable photo of her little one, the star – who played Carly Wicks on the BBC soap between 2006 and 2008 – let her following know the big news.
She wrote: ‘So there’s this new fella in my life…. and wow! #babyboy.’
Kellie and Phil already share twins Pearl and Louis, seven.
New mum! Kellie Shirley has given birth to a baby boy
Kellie turned her newborn twins into lifesavers by donating their umbilical cords to people with blood cancer, she recently announced.
The actress revealed her hopes to do the same with her third child.
‘Blood stored in babies’ umbilical cords is rich in stem cells, which can be transplanted into cancer patients to replace their damaged cells with normal, healthy ones,’ she told Metro.co.uk.
Kellie found out about the treatment by chance after running the London Marathon in 2008 in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.
‘I didn’t know much about blood cancer or the charity at the time. A school friend of mine had been diagnosed with leukaemia, plus, my mum was a nurse, so I’d picked up bits of information along the way. But that was about it,’ she said.
While learning how funds she had raised were used by the charity, she met Miriam González Durántez – the wife of former deputy PM Nick Clegg – who told her mothers routinely donate umbilical cords to blood banks in her homeland in Spain.
‘Back then, I thought the umbilical cord was just a piece of flesh attaching the baby to the mother’s placenta. In most hospitals it’s usually thrown away after you give birth (unless it was whizzed up in a smoothie, that is!).
‘But, after chatting with Miriam, I was in awe listening to how amazing and helpful umbilical cords could truly be. How they could give someone who has blood cancer a second chance of life.’
Adorable: The former EastEnders star, 41, took to Instagram on Sunday to announce she and her husband Phil Davies had welcomed their bundle of job
Exciting: She wrote: ‘So there’s this new fella in my life…. and wow! #babyboy’
Only five hospitals in England facilitate donations to the charity, so when Kellie fell pregnant in 2015 she transferred her care to Kings College Hospital, London, to be able to support the scheme.
‘It was pretty simple to sign up and get involved – I just asked my midwife, telling her I wanted to donate my umbilical cords, and she popped it in my patient notes.
‘All I had to do was fill in some paperwork to formally consent and a basic medical questionnaire to ensure everything was OK to proceed and then I needed to make sure that I got to 37 weeks.’
Soon after Kellie gave birth, someone from Anthony Nolan came to collect her placenta.
‘That was my job done. I barely even noticed it happening. I found out a few months later my babies had actually saved someone’s life. It was an incredible feeling,’ she said.
‘Donating your baby’s umbilical cord doesn’t hurt you or your baby – so it’s a no brainer, and an incredible feeling knowing it can be used for such good.’
Now an ambassador at the charity, Kellie is raising awareness of the wonders of cord blood.
‘Around 250,000 people are living with blood cancer in the UK right now – with many needing urgent treatment. Imagine the lives we could save if we made cord donation the standard,’ she said.
‘It’s a lovely fact that your baby could become a life saver at birth.’
Couple: Kellie and Phil are pictured in 2016
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