Emmerdales Danny Miller and fiancée Steph introduce baby Albert and detail newborns arrival

Emmerdales Danny Miller and fiancée Steph introduce baby Albert and detail newborns arrival

Emmerdale actor Danny Miller and his fiancée Steph Jones recently welcomed their first child together and told of the "happiness" their new arrival had brought them.

And now the couple, who got engaged in January, have exclusively introduced their adorable baby boy Albert to OK! VIPs in a stunning shoot. From his emotional arrival to well wishes from Danny's Dales co-stars, the star and midwife Steph have revealed all. Read the full interview below.

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Emmerdale actor Danny Miller, who is rumoured to be heading into I'm A Celebrity… this year, and his fiancée Steph Jones just knew they were “destined” to become parents.

And on 25 October at 9.16am their dreams came true when midwife Steph welcomed their adorable son Albert Miller into the world, weighing 6lb 11oz.

The moment was all the more emotional as Danny and Steph, who has polycystic ovary syndrome, had been trying to conceive naturally for a year and were just days away from starting IVF when she discovered she was pregnant.

It’s safe to say there were plenty of tears at the birth – and at our exclusive shoot, where the pair recalled the moment their beautiful baby boy arrived.

“It’s emotional to talk about now,” says Danny, who plays Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap. “I was in bits. It’s made me much more in love with Steph.”

The couple, both 30, first met in primary school and have been in a relationship for two years. They got engaged last January. Here, they tell OK! about Albert’s arrival, well wishes from Danny’s co-stars, and the sweet meaning behind their little boy’s name.

Congratulations both! How is parenthood so far?

Danny: It’s been amazing. We’ve had a real whirlwind of emotions. Getting him home was the biggest realisation that it’s just the three of you.

When you’re in hospital you have the support, then when you get home it’s just you two and the baby, so it’s about working out a new way of living and adjusting to everything.

How did you feel when you found out he was a little boy?

Steph: It was just amazing.

Danny: We were delighted but obviously it wouldn’t have mattered either way. By that point we were so emotionally drained we were just happy to welcome him into the world and that he was healthy.

How did you pick his name?

Danny: We had a long list for a boy and a girl and then just before we went into hospital we narrowed it down to one for each.

Steph: Albert was always our favourite. He really suits it.

Danny: I’ve loved the name from when I was a kid. Steph’s granddad was called Albert but when we were in school I just knew him as Steph’s granddad, so when I suggested it, I didn’t know it was her granddad’s name.

Steph: Danny said to me, “I’ve got a name that I really love but I’m not sure what you’ll think about it,” and then when he said “Albert”, I said it must be a sign as that was my granddad’s name.

My mum was really pleased as it was her dad. It was really emotional for her.

Danny: We were perhaps considering going to Albie or Bertie but we’ve since decided it’s definitely just Albert. I have to keep telling my dad, who keeps calling him Albie!

Steph: Danny is going to be strict about that [laughs]!

How was the birth?

Steph: He was a week early. My contractions started in the night and I ended up cleaning the whole house and vacuuming at 4am to try and distract myself.

The midwife came at 8am and checked me, but we weren’t quite ready to go in so Danny prepared me a bath with candles.

Then she came back and we went into hospital at about 3pm on the Sunday. Once we got to the hospital I started in the birthing pool but I wasn’t progressing past 4cm [dilation] so they had to break my waters, which meant getting out.

What happened next?

Steph: I was put on a hormone drip to progress the labour as by that point I’d been 4cm for hours.

I knew we were either going to progress or I was going to end up going to theatre, but once I started on the hormone drip I got to fully dilated really quickly and he was born 25 minutes later in the delivery suite.

Danny was my cheerleader. On the papers it says the labour was 20 hours but it felt longer [laughs]!

Danny: I had my role and that was to be a support, a sounding board and a bit of a punching bag if needed!

But I wasn’t used as a punching bag actually, more a sounding board and a shoulder to cry and scream on. I didn’t want to get in the way or be annoying so I was very conscious of not doing that and I think that’s what got me through 30 hours of no sleep.

Did you have any pain relief, Steph?

Steph: The hormone drip made it more painful so I had pethidine but I couldn’t have much of it because I didn’t tolerate it very well [laughs].

Danny: She was a bit spaced out [laughs]!

Steph: I was going to have another dose of it but Danny told them behind my back I hadn’t responded very well to it.

Danny: They handed over to someone on a new shift but the baby still wasn’t here and they’d already given Steph pain relief.

So when Steph said to the new midwife, “Can you get me 100mg,” I said to her, “Do you think we should try her on 50mg first?” As I’d seen Steph’s reaction after the first 50mg!

The midwife said 50mg was the best decision in the end as 100mg would have knocked her out.

As a midwife, did it feel strange to be on the other side of things, Steph?

Steph: It wasn’t strange but it was different. But I did just feel like a patient. At no point did I feel like a midwife and I wasn’t looking at the baby’s heart rate or anything.

I think because we felt so supported and trusted the midwives whp were for caring for me, I just focused on trying to get through each contraction. We prepared with hypnobirthing and Danny knew what to expect.

Danny: We can’t thank Tracey, Rachel, Katie and Ruth enough, who looked after us. One of them is Steph’s old boss and another is one of her best friends.

They really made me feel a part of it. Dads can sometimes be elbowed out, but I did a lot of research so I felt part of the team helping to get the baby out, which was amazing.

Steph: They were all so supportive, and they even got Danny a McDonald’s breakfast!

Were you using any techniques you share with mums to get through labour, Steph?

Steph: No, it was more the midwives and Danny telling me stuff. They would tell me how each contraction was getting me closer to my baby, which is something I always say to mums in labour.

Danny was encouraging me to stand up instead of lying on the bed and to mobilise to help things, and putting wet cloths on my face. He was doing everything I do as a midwife to encourage someone!

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It sounds like you were a brilliant birthing partner, Danny…

Steph: He was really good, actually.

Danny: It’s very nice to feel like that. I’ve bigged Steph up to pretty much everyone who’s asked. She was amazing during the labour. I was just so proud, I was in awe of her.

Watching her become a mum as I was becoming a dad was something I’d never be able to buy. It’s priceless.

Were there lots of tears when he arrived?

Danny: Yeah, I was like a baby myself! I was in bits. I was very emotional.

I think it was just the anticipation of waiting for nine months to meet them and then finally being able to say that the baby is here and he’s safe and sound.

I was automatically in love with him. It’s made me much more in love with Steph, too. I was absolutely in awe of her and we’re absolutely in awe of him.

He’s only been here a couple of weeks and I don’t know what I’d do without him. When he arrived I just ending up staring at him for five hours straight.

Steph: You just can’t put it into words, it’s hard.

Danny: There’s relief too, because there’s been tough bits as Steph’s been quite unwell during the pregnancy and very drained. She needed a bit of extra care at the hospital for fluids because she’s very petite and was carrying a weight for nine months.

Steph: A lot of the time the midwife was able to check on me at home but I did have to have some fluids and they had to check my iron levels.

Does it feel even more emotional after being so close to starting IVF?

Danny: Yeah. I know it sounds a cliché but I keep calling him a miracle baby, and in a way he is. But either way if he’d come naturally or through IVF we really didn’t care, we just knew we were destined to be a mum and dad.

Now it feels like he’s been here all our lives.

Steph: It feels like he was really meant to be. When he arrived it was overwhelming as we’d waited so long for him.

Danny: It’s emotional to talk about now, it’s such a big thing. To have that thing where your body says, “Actually, you can do it yourself.”

And he’s got a great mum and dad, if I do say so myself! We know we’re very lucky and we appreciate that there are lots of couples who can’t do it.

How are you coping with the sleepless nights?

Steph: I’m breastfeeding so Danny does the nappies and gets me a drink when I’m feeding. Albert feeds every two or three hours so we manage to sleep when he sleeps.

He absolutely loves his milk. I’ve loved breastfeeding. I love the feeling of it just being me and him in the night and the bond it creates. I just look at him and appreciate him so much.

Have your Emmerdale co-stars been in touch with messages of congratulations, Danny?

Danny: Yes, they’ve all been really good. I’ve heard from Jeff Hordley, Zoe Henry, Mark Charnock, Izzy Steele and Lucy Pargeter, who plays my mum on the show.

And it was really nice to hear from Elizabeth Estensen. We’re very close and she left the show last week and I didn’t get to see her before she went.

Some of them have told me they’ve sent gifts, so there’s a few of them waiting for thank you texts as we have some parcels stuck at the delivery office!

Are you still planning to get married next year?

Danny: Yes, 100%. I think it feels like more of a family event now Albert is here. I’ve always wanted to marry Steph, but now Albert will be a part of it.

Steph: For me it’s exciting because they’re both Millers and I’ll finally be a Miller, too. It will complete us. It does feel different when you haven’t got the same surname.

Will Albert be a page boy?

Steph: Yes, he’s going to spend the night before with Danny.

Danny: We said if it was a girl they’d come down the aisle with Steph and if it was a boy they’d be at the end of the aisle with me, so I won the toss!

I’ll be holding him at the end of the aisle as I don’t think he’ll be walking by then. The idea is that we’ll have matching suits.

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Would you like more children in the future?

Danny: Definitely, 100%. We’ve always wanted a big family and we want them quite close together.

Steph: Danny has already been looking at a seven-seater car. Danny wants to fill a seven seater!

Danny: I said I liked this Audi Q7 and Steph said, “How many seats is that?” and I said, “Seven!” We’ll see!

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