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Opera singer Danielle de Niese's baby makes 'dramatic entrance' in amniotic sac


Danielle de Niese has said her baby made a “dramatic entrance” into the world, being delivered still in her amniotic sac.

The opera singing soprano and her husband Gus Christie have become parents to Sheherazade, named after the character from One Thousand And One Nights.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Danielle opened up about the moment her daughter made her way into the world.

She said: “It was a big, dramatic entrance. She came out intact in the amniotic sac.”

Gus added: “It’s very rare – only one in 80,000 babies are born like this.

“It’s part of her enigma. We had to do lots of Googling as there’s so much superstition around it. It’s supposed to bring good luck.”



Danielle de Niese and her husband Gus Christie, with their new baby daughter, Sheherazade

The new arrival is the first girl in 54 years to be born at their Glyndebourne home, when she was welcomed on December 13.

The couple already have five-year-old son Bacchus, while Gus, executive chairman of Glyndebourne, has four sons from a previous marriage.

Danielle said: “I always thought it would be lovely to have a girl, but Gus kept saying: ‘I make boys, so don’t get your hopes up'”

It was a close call for the couple though as the baby arrived just one hour after they arrived at the hospital.



Front cover of the latest edition of Hello! magazine

Danielle revealed: “I couldn’t deliver the baby without looking at Gus. I needed to look at him.

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“I was shaking and trembling from adrenaline, which I wasn’t expecting. I think my body was in some sort of shock.”

With such a short space of time between arriving to give birth and the arrival happening, it is little wonder that Danielle’s body was in a spin on the big day.

*The full interview is in Hello! magazine, out now.

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