Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown said giving birth can be a “scary time” and she would never do it without a midwife present.
The Spice Girl, 47, was speaking at the Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards, hosted by Davina McCall, at the Roundhouse in London on Tuesday.
The event to celebrate dedicated healthcare workers brought together Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, boxer Anthony Joshua, musician and actor Martin Kemp and comedian Al Murray.
Mel B said on the red carpet that the NHS works ‘tirelessly’ and people ‘wouldn’t survive’ without it.
Speaking about her own experience of healthcare, when she gave birth, the singer, whose full name is Melanie Brown, said: “I don’t think I could have done it without my midwife. I would never choose to do this without a midwife.
“They put you at ease because it’s pretty scary or can be pretty scary, and you look out into the unknown even though you’ve had your second or third baby.”
Boxer Joshua said of the NHS: ‘My uncle is in there and I feel like the workers are going unnoticed.
“It’s an important thing, until you go there you don’t realize how important the NHS is.”
When asked if it means more to him than the average person as an athlete, he replied, “Yeah, definitely, it’s amazing.”
Joshua also said he will fight Tyson Fury “when he’s ready – he’s not ready. When he’s ready, I’ll be ready.
Presenter Chris Evans said the NHS was “quite prevalent” in his life as his brother and mother were nurses and his father worked in a hospital.
“We have to deal with them (better),” he said. “We should (all) do everything we can (to help the NHS).”
Former England footballer David Seaman said: “It’s something we take for granted and it’s only when you really need them and you realize, when you need them, and they’re always there. “
Comedian Al Murray said ‘we are very lucky’ to have the NHS.
He added: “That means when I fell down the stairs at a train station when I was 19, they fixed my elbow (and delivered) my three daughters.”
Speaking about the current situation in the NHS, Health Secretary Steve Barclay said: “When it comes to the challenge of waiting lists, we have seen a massive increase between entering the pandemic while there were just over 1,000 people waiting over 52 weeks.
“So now we’re over 400,000 and that’s a real consequence of the challenges we’re facing because of the pandemic.”
He said the health service would receive £6.6billion over the next two years and the social care system £2.8billion, as outlined in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement.
Mr Barclay said the event was “a chance to celebrate the incredible work” and “dedication” of the NHS.
Sir Keir also thanked the NHS, saying he had been “humbled” by the health service and it was “particularly difficult” during Covid.
The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards will air on Channel 4 and All 4 on November 27 at 6:30 p.m.