Martine McCutcheon and her husband Jack McManus have introduced their first son Rafferty in an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine. And the actress tells HELLO! that, after a struggle to conceive Rafferty, she has never been happier.
"I used to think, when I heard people say having a child was their most life-changing moment, that they were just saying that because it was the expected thing to say," admits Martine, 38. "Now I so get it. I have never been so in love, so content and so full of happiness in my life.
Martine McCutcheon with son Rafferty
"My mum always said to me that it is a love like no other, and it's absolutely true. This baby boy is the love of our lives and I think the fact this didn't happen easily for us and faced challenges along the way, has made him even more precious."
In the interview, Martine also discusses Rafferty's dramatic arrival, which saw him moved into the special care unit for two nights with a lung condition.
"Basically, his lungs were filled with fluid, but we were told that it wasn't anything to panic about and that he was being taken to the special care baby unit to be monitored," she explained. "I was aching for that skin-on-skin contact and to hold my baby and bond with him. [But] When we went to see Rafferty in the incubator, he was already trying to lift his head and I thought, 'You’re going to be just fine, little man'."
To read more of the interview with Jack and Martine, pick up the latest issue of HELLO!