Coronation Street star Katy Cavanagh has pledged to fight for independent midwives after having her third baby at home.
The star who plays factory worker Julie Carp in the soap, used Independent Midwives UK – a firm that operates outside of the NHS – to help deliver her son Jacobi at home.
She was so impressed she has pledged to help battle against laws that could make independent midwives illegal.
New government legislation will outlaw the home service if they do not have suitable insurance – which is difficult to get.
Katy said: "It's vital women have a choice of who cares for them during pregnancy and birth. I have nothing but praise for the NHS but they were unable to provide me with a known midwife or guarantee the birth of my choice."
Corrie fans have not seen infertile Julie for months after she was written out when Katy became pregnant.
Katy her husband Chris Jupe also have a son Noah, eight, and daughter Jemma, five.