Kristina Rihanoff and her partner Ben Cohen have revealed their newborn daughter Milena for the first time.
With their first interview and photoshoot as new parents, the first-time mum Kristina tells HELLO! this week that she is ‘settled’ and ‘in a happy place’ with former Strictly dance partner Ben.
Kristina, 38, gave birth to the 7lb 1oz baby on June 24 at Northampton General Hospital in a difficult 19 and a half hour labour – complicated by the umbilical cord being wrapped about the child’s neck.
The professional Russian dancer and the former England rugby player told the magazine they will shorten their child’s name to Mila.
Ben, 37, who was at his partner’s side for the birth, said: ‘Every time Kristina pushed, the cord was pulling the baby back. There comes a point when it is not happening and you do worry.’
The new mother added: ‘I was squeezing his hand so hard that I thought I might break it. I can’t even begin to describe the pain, but it’s an incredibly proud moment when you see your baby for the first time. It’s an incredible feeling of love.
‘It’s the feeling of being settled. I’m in a happy place. I feel a sense of security with Ben being next to me,’ she added.
Happy father-of-three Ben, who has twin daughters, eight, from a previous marriage, said: ‘Kristina was amazing and I’m so very proud.
‘Mila has changed the dynamic – another little human in our lives. She is our creation and that is amazing.
‘Kristina is a natural mum. It was very emotional and it gives you even more respect – it’s nature at its best. I’m proud of Kristina, proud of Mila and proud to be a dad again.’