GEMMA Atkinson has shared her traumatic birth story including how she survived a major haemorrhage.

The Bury-born actress shared a photograph of her smiling in hospital with daughter Mia — and revealed the details of her childbirth.

About nine doctors were called to the 34-year-old's aid following a C-section, with "some injecting" her, others "hooking her to drips" and still others "physically pulling clots out" of her.

Her partner Gorka Marquez, who Gemma met on Strictly, was said to be "beside himself

in the corner."

Gemma described Mia as "a fighter", sharing a photograph on Instagram of herself with her daughter aged just 30 hours.

"The weary smile on my face doesn’t quite portray how happy I was inside as 30 hours earlier, things could have gone very differently", Gemma posted.

"Mia was a tiny baby, weighing 4lb 10oz. With that in mind the midwife was concerned she wouldn’t be strong enough to open my cervix. My water broke on a Tuesday and we gave her the benefit of the doubt but by the Wednesday evening despite her being in the perfect place and so low down, she still hadn’t managed it. The decision was made to induce me to help her along but she disliked that even more. With every contraction her heart rate dropped. On the third one midwife Katie who was taking care of me at the time pressed the panic alarm and within 15 minutes I was rushed out, prepped and delivered Mia via an emergency C-section."

She continued: "It wasn’t what I’d planned but thanks to my hypnobirthing despite the madness and panic, I was able to calmly keep my breathing technique and accept whatever is best for Mia just do it!

"Two hours later I was alone with Gorks and Mia blissfully happy in a ward when I suddenly felt extremely unwell.

"Gorka got a doctor and she took 1 look at me and again pressed the panic button. I was having a haemorrhage. A big one and I lost a lot of blood. I don’t remember much other than having around nine doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me and one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner.

"I woke in another room with Gorks and my family there, Mia sleeping soundly and a lovely midwife named Di who was checking my notes. The trauma was over and thanks to our NHS and incredible hospital staff we were ok.

"I’m fully aware for some people it’s a different outcome and I feel incredibly lucky that me and Mia are healthy and healed.

"My mum moved in with me while Gorks was away and has been incredible! If I can be half the mum she is to me I’ll be happy! I’m going to remind Mia of this story any time she has doubts about what she can achieve in life.

"The odds were against her from the start, but she’s been a little fighter from day one. Feeds perfectly and is gaining weight like I do on an all inclusive holiday! We’re SO proud of her, she’s our little soldier and I’m so grateful."