Jamie and Jools Oliver spark debate over controversial decision during birth of baby son

Jamie Oliver Jools Olive family

by Owen Tonks |

Jamie Oliver and wife Jools have sparked debate after allowing their children to be present at the birth of their new sibling.

The celebrity chef and his partner welcomed their fifth child to the world in the early hours of the morning yesterday.

Announcing the happy news on Instagram, Jamie wrote: "And then this just happened guys!! IT’S A BABY BOY!! Everyone in the Oliver family is very surprised and beyond happy."

Jools added: "We are so very happy, blessed grateful and totally in love all over again and so very proud of our eldest daughters who cut the cord."

The couple are already parents to daughters Poppy, 14, Daisy, 13, and Petal seven, as well as son Buddy, five.

But it seems that while the older daughters of the Oliver family may have enjoyed being present in the delivery room, it may not be perfect for every child.

National Childbirth Trust’s Senior Policy Advisor Elizabeth Duff said: "Having other children present at the birth of their sibling is a very personal decision for both parent and child and should be discussed without pressure ahead of the actual birth.

"A child of any age will need some preparation for the experience. No matter how wonderful it can be to watch their sibling being born, it can also be a confronting experience for a child to see their mother in pain or losing blood.

"Having another trusted adult - such as a grandparent - present or very nearby is important so that if the child gets upset, changes their mind or complications arise they can leave quickly."

However, not everyone agreed, with one Oliver family fan tweeting: "Regarding kids of @jamieoliver, whether they should be allowed in delivery room. How is this anyone’s business but his?"

Someone else wrote: "Wonderful that @jools_oliver_ daughters were in delivery room to welcome brother into the world. Congratulations!"

Jools and Jamie are yet to respond to any criticism and they are also remaining tight lipped on the name of their newborn.

On possible monikers, Jamie recently said: "Jools is leading the way, very floral, very seasonal, lots of actions of the earth.

"She told me I’m not allowed to talk about it and I don’t want to get in trouble because I’m doing so well at home."

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