R&B singer Melanie Fiona has gone public with the difficult birth of her son, revealing she suffered from preeclampsia during labour.
The Fool For You singer, 32, gave birth to a baby boy named Cameron Lincoln Cotter in March (16), and she introduced the newborn to fans via Instagram.com.
"Forever in Love," she captioned a snap of herself and boyfriend Jared Cotter cuddling the tot. "Our Son, Cameron Lincoln was born on March 14th 2016. My life is greater with purpose... There is only Now. I am a Mother. What a great honour, What a miraculous gift. I am so thankful for this Love in my life... Surrounded by Kings...I will cherish you always."
Now, two months into motherhood, Melanie has opened up about the serious health complications she encountered as she went into labour.
In a candid video posted on YouTube.com, titled It's Time to Tell the Truth, the new mum explains she wanted to have a natural birth, but after struggling with swollen feet condition edema, she then developed preeclampsia, a rare high blood pressure disorder, and learned her child was in breech.
"I was experiencing some swelling," she said. "I had edema and when I got to the hospital I started swelling even more and they noticed that my blood pressure was going up... They were really, really concerned for me and they started to run some tests, and as it turned out I developed preeclampsia during my labour, which is very rare and very, very scary."
Doctors warned Melanie she would need a Caesarean section, but she refused, until her boyfriend stepped in and urged her to reconsider - for the sake of her own health, and that of their baby's.
"My blood pressure at this point was skyrocketing, it was like 190 over 110, which is pre-stroke levels...," she continued, tearfully.
"It just came to a point where Jared had to come in one-on-one and look at me and take my hand and look me in my eyes and say, 'I have to leave the hospital with the both of you', and until that moment I had not recognised how real and severe my situation is... but my partner, the love of my life, decided for me that it was important for me and that's what a good partner does in a crisis. It's to make the decision that is best for you and obviously best for the baby."
Melanie's candid video post has prompted an outpouring of support from fans online, and she has expressed her gratitude via Twitter.com.
"My heart is so full from all your love and support for my 'truth' vlog (video blog)," she wrote. "I am so passionate about helping and healing women."