TV farmer Amanda Owen shares nine kids with her husband Clive Owen, and said she felt experienced enough to handle her own labour while her partner was asleep in bed upstairs
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Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen opted to give birth at home to avoid a lengthy journey to their nearest hospital – and gave birth alone while her husband slept upstairs.
The shepherdess, who shot to fame after appearing on the hit Channel 5 reality show with her farmer husband Clive, recently shared candid details of the birth of her daughter Clemmy, now five.
Amanda revealed when she went into labour with her eighth child, she couldn't face the 69-mile trip hospital, so decided to set up her own DIY maternity ward in her living room in their rural Yorkshire home.
"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,” she told Radio Times.
Amanda Owen said she gave birth to Clemmy with her dog as her birthing partner
"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 and Clive are parents to nine children – Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney.
The shepherdess, who is 21 years younger than her husband, said she didn’t even wake Clive up because he "wasn’t desperate to be at the birth" so stayed asleep upstairs in their bedroom.
"I went and woke him up with the baby," she shared.
Amanda left husband Clive, who is 21 years her senior, in bed while she was in labour
(Image: Channel 5)
Elsewhere in the interview, she also spoke about her and Clive’s approach to parenting, and said that while how they raise their kids is frowned upon, she believes it’s teaching their children to be independent.
"I can't be a helicopter parent. We read the papers and they show me some of their projects, but I have yet to be at a single parents' evening,” Amanda confessed.
"I did pretty poorly at my exams, but look at what I have achieved since then,"she added, before taking aim at the "snowflake generation".
"They don't know anything about how to look after themselves, or a work ethic, all of that has gone out of the window. It's our fault as parents.
Amanda isn't a fan of 'helicopter parenting'
(Image: Richard Walker/PA Wire)
She continued: "If you put your child on a pedestal, with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect?"
Amanda and Clive and their life at the family farm at Ravenseat in North Yorkshire, is the focus of the hit Channel 5 show, and she regularly shares updates on social media.
However, she was forced to fight back when she was accused of selling out when she took part in a sponsored post on Instagram.
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Advertising dog treat brand Crave, Amanda was seen promoting the dog treats alongside son Miles and sheepdog Midge, prompting some of her fans to accuse her of being greedy.
The mum of nine defended her sponsored post, and told her followers that money is tight at the Yorkshire farm, and she and Clive are financially supporting their daughter Raven, who is studying biomedical science.
"Education and indeed life doesn’t come cheap and therefore if a paid advertising opportunity arises and the product is genuinely good then why should you not,” Amanda responded.