Dales shepherdess Amanda Owen had baby on her own rather than travel to hospital

Amanda and Clive Owen with their family. Photo: Renegade Pictures.

Dales shepherdess and TV star Amanda Owen has revealed she had her eighth child on her own in front of the fire rather than travel to hospital.

The mother-of-nine, who farms with husband Clive at Ravenseat in Swaledale, said in an interview that by the time she went into labour with Clemmy, who is now five, she felt she was experienced enough to handle the birth on her own.

Instead of travelling to the maternity units at James Cook University Hospital, she gave birth at home without even waking her husband.

The farmer was speaking to the Radio Times ahead of the fourth series of documentary Our Yorkshire Farm starting on Channel 5.

She told the magazine: “Our local maternity hospital is in Middlesbrough, which is 69 miles away, and on these roads, that takes a long time.

“So by baby number eight, I thought sod it, I’ll do it myself.

“I knew the baby was in the right position, so when I felt the familiar feelings I went downstairs and had the baby in front of the fire with my terrier as a birthing partner.”

Amanda said her husband “wasn’t desperate to be at the birth” and remained asleep upstairs.

“I went and woke him up with the baby,” she said.

She also said she has tried to teach her children to be independent, particularly with home schooling.

“I can’t be a helicopter parent,” she said.

“We read the papers and they show me some of their projects, but I have yet to be at a single parents’ evening.

“I did pretty poorly at my exams, but look at what I have achieved since then.”

Our Yorkshire Farm returns on Tuesday, April 13 at 9pm on Channel 5.

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