Peaches Geldof has spoken to Hello! magazine about the birth of her son Astala, revealing the traumatic turn of events that led to him being whisked away from her as soon as he was born. 23 year old Peaches gave birth to the 7lb Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen without complication but when her partner Thomas was given the honor of cutting the umbilical cord, it became apparent that the new-born boy was struggling to breathe.
"It was the most terrifying experience, to have our tiny baby whisked away like that," Peaches told the magazine. "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". He had a lack of something called surfactant, which made it a struggle for him to breathe. He was in intensive care for a few days." What happened to Astala at birth is apparently common in babies that are delivered by Caesarean section and luckily, he made a full recovery. "To be able to finally hold him and take in all his little features was wonderful" said Peaches.
Grandpa (otherwise known as Bob Geldof) was equally besotted with Astala. "He was incredibly gentle with Astala," she revealed. "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."