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Rod Stewart 'tried to find swimming trunks to join Penny Lancaster's home birth'

Rod Stewart rummaged around his drawers trying to swimming trunks to join Penny Lancaster's home birth, Gloria Hunniford has revealed.

The wife of the rocker quickly kicked the music legend into touch - and told him he was going nowhere near her water!

The pair have boys Alastair and Aiden together and it was during the second arrival that Rod clearly wanted to be in the thick of the action.

The tale was told by Gloria on Loose Women this afternoon. The panel were debating home births, and if having a child the second time round is easier for the woman.

The 82-year-old spilled on poor Rod's attempt to play a part in the big moment - and says he was quickly told he was going nowhere near the water.

Rod Stewart planned to join Penny Lancaster in the water as she gave birth (
Gloria Hunniford told the tale on Loose Women (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

She said on the ITV show: "I don't think I would have even thought about having a baby at home.

"I know things have changed a lot over the years and conditions are better now.

"But my favourite 'having a baby at home' story is from Penny Lancaster when she said to Rod 'I have to get in the pool now'.

"Rod was apparently going through his drawers and yelling 'which trunks am I going to wear!'

The panel were discussing the best way to give birth (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"She told him 'I'm having the baby, nobody cares what you're going to where!"

Penny herself appeared on Loose Women last year and shocked her co stars by squatting to demonstrate an odd labour position.

In a debate over whether women should have a gas-and-air-free birth to help save the planet, Penny said that she "wouldn't have been able to have children without it."

She shared the moment she realised she had to pull as well as push.

Penny said: "My first was an attempted water birth, but the baby's heartbeat slowed down so I had to get out and was basically commanded by the doctor to push as hard as I could.

"Otherwise if I couldn't, he would have to do a Caesarean," she explained.

Her first child, Alastair, had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, so she explained that she had to push even harder to get him out as quickly as possible.

Clearly sensing the disbelief from her peers, she asked if they wanted a demonstration, explaining that a hormone is released that allows the hips to expand to help ease the baby out.

The mum-of-two added that if the woman is already in a squatting position, gravity works with you to allow you to open the hips even more.

Liberty X's hit Just a little was her song of choice to "get her into the mood" she said as she stood in front of the audience and squatted in her black and white polka dot dress.

Bouncing up and down, she then mimicked pulling the newborn from under her, revealing: "and baby came out on the Lino, as Rod likes to say."

She said that her second birth with Aiden was "more pleasant". She said: "The second one was a more pleasant water birth and I pulled Aidan out myself.

"The head had come out and the doctor said 'on the next contraction the baby's shoulders will come out so if you want to assist your baby just hold him by the chin, the back of the head and away you go! So I pulled him out, onto my chest"

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