Kooky singer Paloma Faith has said a big thank you to the National Health Service in Britain after having to have an emergency caesarean to make sure her first child was born safely.

Ms Faith, who is a former judge on The Voice said that there was no doubt the NHS was “one of the great achievements of this country”. She paid tribute to the doctors, midwives and nurses who provided such good care for her at the University College Hospital for their “devotion, kindness and commitment.”

The singer said she was over the moon and delighted to have been able to welcome a new addition to her family. She urged politicians to make sure that the NHS is protected and respected as it deserves to be.

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The Picking Up The Pieces star is now mum to her first child, along with her long term partner Leyman Lahcine. She chose to announce her good news to the world by posting a photo of the handwritten note she had written to thank those who cared for her during a difficult labour.

So far, Ms Faith, whose profile was raised by her stint on The Voice, has not revealed whether she has given birth to a girl or boy. It is in keeping with a promise not to place her child in the public eye.

She first revealed that she was expecting back in August, but the 35 year old has kept a very low profile and has not given any updates about her pregnancy on social media. Nor has she posted any photos of her growing baby bump. The singer said she would be taking time out from her career as she prepared for the most important role in her life being a mum. She is now expected to extend her career break as she gets to know her new baby.