James Bye to sit in birthing pool when wife delivers child

James Bye wants to splash about in the birthing pool when his wife Victoria delivers their second child later this month

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James Bye as Martin Fowler

James Bye as Martin Fowler

EastEnders' James Bye wants to sit in the birthing pool when his wife delivers their second child.

The 31-year-old actor is set to become a father again later this month and, although most men can't stand the sight of blood, he's looking forward to splashing around in the water when his spouse Victoria gives birth to their new little one.

He said: "I'm planning to get into the pool. I've got my trunks ready to go! My mum's a midwife and said, 'Are you sure you want to get in, James?' It won't just be the baby in the water. There will be other things floating about.' People say it freaks them out to see women give birth but it's completely natural."

The handsome star - who plays Martin Fowler in the BBC One soap - is currently tangled up in a heartbreaking postpartum storyline on the popular show and he has admitted working with a newborn on set has made him "excited" for the arrival of his own little bundle of joy.

He said: "Working with a newborn baby on the 'EastEnders' set has got me excited for our own baby's arrival, too."

Meanwhile, James - who already has two-year-old son Edward with Victoria - is hoping to have more children in the years to come as he wants a "football team" for a family.

He told OK! magazine with a giggle: "We'll keep going until we get a whole football team."

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