Joss Stone describes traumatic 32-hour labour when her uterus split open
Joss Stone has detailed the traumatic 32-hour labour she endured having newborn son Shackleton.
The singer revealed that she wanted to have a “natural birth” but underwent an emergency caesarean after her seven-week-old son’s heart rate suddenly plummeted dangerously.
The 35-year-old said the doctors only had “around 14 minutes to get the baby out alive” and during that time her uterus also split open.
Stone told The Sun: “My baby’s heartbeat started dropping and I had this intense pain. I heard his little heartbeat go down and down. I said: ‘Something’s happened to my baby!’ and the nurse grabbed the phone to call the obstetric emergency team.
“What I didn’t realise at the time is that my uterus had split open, and my baby’s head was stuck in my abdomen. You only know it’s happened because the baby’s heart rate plummets, and at that point, the doctors only have around 14 minutes to get your baby out alive.
“The room filled up with people to prepare me for going to the operating room. I remember the surgeon said: ‘We got this,’ and I think she fist-bumped me. I could feel it all [the surgery], so they decided to administer general anaesthetic.”
The You Had Me hitmaker and her newborn son were discharged from hospital three days after her emergency C-section.
Stone also explained that she is “still recovering” and must be careful when picking up her 21-month-old daughter Violet, who she welcomed with partner Cody DaLuz, but is very “grateful we’re all safe”.
In light of her medicial emergency, the hitmaker said doctors told her she can have another child but she would not be able to “give birth naturally”.
Stone admitted that she “doesn’t mind” if she can’t carry her own baby again and said she is more than”‘happy to adopt as many kids” as she can in the future.
In April, while announcing she was pregnant with son Shackleton, the Super Duper Love songstress revealed she had previously suffered a miscarriage in October 2021.