Peaches tells of terror as newborn was whisked away

New mother Peaches Geldof has revealed how she suffered a “terrifying” ordeal following the birth of her son when he was rushed into intensive care.

The 7lb newborn, named Astala, was hurried away just moments after he was delivered by Caesarean section because of breathing difficulties.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, she said: “It was the most terrifying experience, to have our tiny baby whisked away like that.

“I was yearning for that skin-to-skin contact I’d waited so long for and to not be able to hold him and nurse him and comfort him was so upsetting.”

The drama occurred after her fiance, musician Thomas Cohen, cut the umbilical cord of the boy, whose full name is Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen. The infant has since made a full recovery following the birth last month.

Peaches, 23, said: “He had a lack of something called surfactant, which made it a struggle for him to breathe. The tot was in intensive care for a few days.

“To be able to finally hold him and take in all his little features was wonderful.”

Her father Bob Geldof told last week how he was still struggling to come to terms with the boy’s unusual name, which is an old Jewish name — the male equivalent of Esther.

But Peaches said the first time grandfather is actually “besotted” with the new addition to the family.

Recalling Bob’s first encounter with his grandson, she said: “He was incredibly gentle with Astala; he took him aside and was so quiet, which isn’t something my dad’s renowned for.

“He’s besotted with Astala because he’s his first grandchild but especially, I think, because he’s the first boy in the family.”

And she said Bob now had a particular photo of the baby as a screensaver on his phone, which was taken by the newborn’s proud father.

“Astala’s sticking two fingers up and has this really rebellious look on his face. Dad was like, ‘That’s my boy!’ when he saw it,” said Peaches.


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