Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen have given their baby an adorable name


Former Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff and her partner Ben Cohen have revealed they named their newborn daughter Milena.

The Russian dancer and the former professional rugby player told Hello! magazine they will shorten the Slavic name to Mila.

Ben and Kristina

Rihanoff, 38, gave birth on June 24 at Northampton General Hospital to the 7lb 1oz baby and said it was a gruelling 19 and a half hour labour, which took longer than expected because the umbilical cord was wrapped about the baby's neck.

Ben told the magazine: "Every time Kristina pushed, the cord was pulling the baby back. There comes a point when it is not happening and you do worry."

en Cohen and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff take part in Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals
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Kristina added: "I was squeezing his hand so hard that I thought I might break it. I can't even begin to describe the pain, but it's an incredibly proud moment when you see your baby for the first time. It's an incredible feeling of love."

She added: "It's the feeling of being settled. I'm in a happy place. I feel a sense of security with Ben being next to me."

Ben, 37, who has twin daughters, aged eight, from a previous marriage, said: "Kristina was amazing and I'm so very proud.

en Cohen and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff
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"Mila has changed the dynamic - another little human in our lives. She is our creation and that is amazing.

"Kristina is a natural mum. It was very emotional and it gives you even more respect - it's nature at its best. I'm proud of Kristina, proud of Mila and proud to be a dad again."

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Read the full interview in Hello! out now.