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I spent £2,600 so I would feel sexy during labour – with false lashes, a pre-baby spa day and full face of make-up

MEET the glamorous mum who strolled into the maternity unit to give birth in stiletto heels, wearing full face of make-up and after spending £2,635 on pre-baby preparations.

Emma Ford, 34, wanted to "feel sexy" when she gave birth to her second child - Solomon Kenneth Ford - on 6th January via C-section.

Emma Ford, 34, spent £2,300 getting herself ready for her most recent labour
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Emma Ford, 34, spent £2,300 getting herself ready for her most recent labourCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

She was desperate for his arrival to be "absolutely perfect" after going through a tough birth with her first son, Samuel, now three, in November 2016, which led to her losing an ovary.

Emma - an Instagram influencer from Alabama - had a full spa day costing £350 just days before her son's arrival, including a bikini wax, facial and massage.

In the run up to giving birth, she got her lashes, nails and hair professionally done - and donned a fancy dress from Macy's and four-inch heels to arrive at the maternity ward.

She even carried a £300 Michael Kors bag into Brookwood Hospital, Alabama, as her hospital bag.

The mum-of-two wanted to feel like a 'yummy mummy' after a traumatic birth with her eldest son
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The mum-of-two wanted to feel like a 'yummy mummy' after a traumatic birth with her eldest son Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

The mum-of-two said: "I love getting glammed up. I never go anywhere without make-up on and it was important to me - this time around - that I look and feel my best when having my baby.

"It's such a special moment and I wanted it to be perfect."

Emma - who used to work as a car insurance saleswoman - and her husband Samuel Ford, 34, went went to hospital on the morning of January 6 for the planned op.

She and husband Samuel welcomed Solomon Kenneth Ford back in January
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She and husband Samuel welcomed Solomon Kenneth Ford back in JanuaryCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

She said: "After my last pregnancy and birth was so horrific, I just wanted to enjoy this one. I wanted to make it more fun and to feel great.

"When I had my first little boy, the birth ended up creating a lot of health problems for me. And about eight weeks after, I had to lose my right ovary.

"I suffered from an ovarian torsion which was horrific.

"This time around, we stayed calm, which was easy, considering we had planned everything to a tee.

"I wanted to feel sexy and glamorous, and show other mums that they can feel that way too.

"I had worked throughout the entire pregnancy so I wanted my birth to be relaxing, and all about me and my baby."

Emma works as an Instagram influencer
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Emma works as an Instagram influencerCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Emma found out she was pregnant for the second time in April last year and was thrilled.

She said: "When I was pregnant with Samuel, I suffered from a lot of minor health issues, that just made things generally harder along the way.

"I had sciatica, severe acid reflux, heartburn and migraines, which constantly got me down.

"The birth was fairly smooth-sailing, but I was so worried, it being my first, that I couldn't relax and enjoy what should have been a beautiful thing.

"Then, about eight weeks after giving birth, I started feeling horrific pain in my lower stomach.

"I rushed straight to the hospital, terrified about what the pain could mean.

"The doctor told me I was suffering from ovarian torsion, which I had no clue about."

Her eldest son Samuel was born in November 2016
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Her eldest son Samuel was born in November 2016Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

An ovarian torsion is a condition which occurs when one of the ovaries twists around the ligaments that keep it in place.

This can cut off the blood supply to the fallopian tube and ovary, causing severe pain.

In Emma's case, it left no option but to remove her right ovary - reducing her chances of falling pregnant naturally again.

Emma and Samuel - who met in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2011 - were delighted to discover they were having a second child and wanted to make sure that Emma's second pregnancy was a very different experience.

"I kept really fit and healthy all the way through, and dressed up even when I didn't feel like it," Emma said.

 Emma glammed up every day throughout her pregnancy
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Emma glammed up every day throughout her pregnancy Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

"I basically continued as normal, taking trips and preparing fun things for my baby.

"We even took a mini babymoon to Florida so we could have some alone time as a couple before the chaos began."

Emma rested and didn't work as much as usual, but continued to document her pregnancy and style choices on social media, managing to stay glamorous every single day.

When the big day finally arrived, the couple headed to the hospital, but not without Emma having time to ready herself.

She dolled herself up with red lipstick, gold eyeshadow, fake lashes and immaculate contouring - to share the experience with her 34,700 Instagram followers.

Emma's pre-baby preparations

Spa day: £350

Designer bag: £300

Outfit from Macy's: £170 (£50 dress and £120 heels)

Make-up: £120

Hair extensions: £605 (£465 extensions and £140 installation)

Hair wash and blow dry: £120

Babymoon (two nights hotel, food and fun): £970

Total cost: £2,635

"When I woke up on the morning of my C-section, I was so excited and ready to meet my little room-mate of nine months," Emma said.

"I wanted to look and feel my best, so I decided to do my hair and make-up.

"I really believe that when you feel good, you can't help but radiate positivity and life.

"The thought of the surgery was terrifying me, but I didn't want to look like it, so I chose a little black dress and a bright red lip, and completed the look with heels."

She filmed the arrival of various family members at the hospital, and her three-year-old son Samuel can be seen walking in in footage, looking thrilled to join his mummy and daddy for the exciting event.

"My family trickled in throughout the morning, and at 12pm I was taken for surgery," Emma said.

"My husband was by my side through everything, reassuring and supporting me.

"Minutes later, I heard little Solomon's first cry - we instantly fell in love.

"It was one of the best days of my life. I love the photos and videos we captured because I look and feel amazing too." 

Emma has continued her glam routine since giving birth, making sure she's got a full face of make-up every day.

We previously spoke to a mum who spent £800 preening herself for labour - with a bikini wax, full-body tan and fake lashes.

You can follow Emma on Instagram @funmiford or on her website here.