Soap star Verity Rushworth announces the birth of her baby girl

Exciting news for former Emmerdale star Verity Rushworth and husband Dominic Shaw, as the pair have become first-time parents!

Proud new mum Verity announced the arrival of her baby girl on Twitter, posting: ‘She’s here!!!!!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŽ‰ Our little bundle of sunshine arrived at 02:20 yesterday morning weighing 7 pounds 11 and a half. She’s amazing!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•’

Verity, 30, and her theatre director partner Dominic, opted for a popular baby name for their newborn, which the actress revealed in a later tweet while thanking her fans for their messages of support: ‘Thank you so much for your well wishes!! Miss Amelie Iris Shaw is showing strong signs of sass and fabulousness already! Xxx πŸ’•πŸ’•’

Fans have been quick to congratulate the new mum on her exciting news, posting well wishes for the star. One Twitter user wrote: ‘Congratulations on the birth of Amelie Iris. So thrilled for you xx’ while another added: ‘Congratulations to all of you, a new family! Rest up when she does, but enjoy every minute…it’s worth it! πŸ’πŸŽ€πŸ’–’

Verity first revealed she was expecting back in March, and again chose Twitter to make the exciting announcement. Posting a picture of herself with Dominic, she wrote: ‘Yey! πŸŽ‰ @dominicmshaw and I are expecting our first baby this summer! So excited!! ❀️’

It seems the pregnancy may have come as something of a surprise for the pair, as Verity had just signed up to tour the UK in the musical Breakfast At Tiffany’s – a role she’s since had to step down from.

The news of a baby girl won’t come as too much of a shock to those who watched Verity’s appearance on Loose Women in June, after panellist Linda Robson, quite accurately it turns out, predicted her baby’s gender.

Holding a ring over her bump, the Birds Of A Feather actress said: ‘It’s going full circle, it’s going round and round’, which indicates a daughter according an old wives’ tale for determining the sex of your baby.

Congratulations to the new family!