Baby joy for former winner

Former Hartlepool Mail Bride of the Year winner Michelle Jewson with husband Stephen, daughter Isabelle and new arrival, Emilia. Isabelle, 5, with her new baby sister, Emilia.
Former Hartlepool Mail Bride of the Year winner Michelle Jewson with husband Stephen, daughter Isabelle and new arrival, Emilia. Isabelle, 5, with her new baby sister, Emilia.

A COMPETITION winner is celebrating again with the birth of her beautiful new baby.

Former Bride of the Year winner Michelle Jewson proudly cradled the new addition to her family – gorgeous 7lb 2oz daughter Emilia.

It is yet another piece of fantastic news for Michelle, who two years ago won our top prize in our competition run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.

Michelle – then Michelle Davison – turned up on the night of the finals of the Bride of the Year competition with fiance Stephen Jewson fully expecting to be beaten to the £10,000 prize by another couple.

But to her massive surprise, she scooped the crown and tied the knot in August 2010.

To complete the fairytale, their three-year-old daughter Isabelle was bridesmaid on the big day.

Now Michelle, 34, has enjoyed another extremely special day as she and Stephen have just become parents again.

As she cradled little Emilia Hope Jewson, she said: “I could not be happier. Emilia is gorgeous and Isabelle adores her. She keeps saying ‘I love my sister’.”.

Life could not get any better at the moment for Michelle, a lecturer at Hartlepool College of Further Education, who is currently on maternity leave.

Emilia arrived in the world on Wednesday, January 25, at 3.07am, at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

It was not a straightforward pregnancy for Michelle, who suffers from a condition called symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which is thought to affect up to one-in-four pregnant women to varying degrees.

The effect on Michelle was so severe that she was on crutches for most of the pregnancy.

She said: “I had it when I was pregnant with Isabelle and I had it again this time.

“I could not walk because I was in that much pain with my pelvis. But Emilia is beautiful”.

Michelle reflected on life as a former winner of the Bride of the Year competition.

She said: “People think it is going to be really intrusive and the Mail is going to be there all the time, following your every movement but it is not like that. It is all just a really nice experience.

“I keep telling people to enter.

“And if anyone out there is thinking ‘I don’t know whether to enter the competition’, just go for it. You can win it.

“We were just a normal couple and if we can win it, anyone can.

“It is definitely worth entering because your dreams could come true too.”