Amanda Holden was so ill in intensive care she could not see her new daughter Hollie Rose for an agonising three days.
It is reported that Miss Holden, 40, was 'critically ill' after losing a lot of blood in labour, resulting in an emergency Caesarean section. Baby Hollie weighed in at just over six pounds, and was said to be 'healthy'.
The Daily Mail reports a source close to Amanda and her husband Chris Hughes as saying:
"She was in intensive care for three days. You definitely cannot bring a newborn into intensive care, so Wednesday night was the first time she could have met Hollie after doctors judged that she was stable."
The Britain's Got Talent judge was taken to hospital on Monday morning after experiencing labour pains. The source added that she was in a "life threatening situation. There was huge loss of blood and Amanda had to have a number of transfusions. She lost several pints of blood."
Their spokeswoman, Alison Griffin, spoke last night of Chris's thanks and gratitude to the staff who looked after his wife and baby. She said: "Chris would like to thank all the medical staff and everyone who has been involved in Amanda's care. They have all been absolutely fantastic."
Amanda is expected to remain in hospital until the end of the week before heading home to be reunited with her five-year-old daughter Lexi. Hollie's birth comes a year after the tragic stillbirth of the couple's son at seven months, and a previous miscarriage.