SPOILER ALERT: EastEnders' Stacey Slater breaks down in tears as she gives birth with boyfriend Martin Fowler and Kush Kazemi by her side in emotional Christmas scenes 

As usual, Christmas in Albert Square is set to be full of drama.

And for Stacey Slater the festive period will mean a new addition as the EastEnders' favourite gives birth to her second child.

In a sneak peek of the Christmas Eve episode of the BBC soap, Stacey, played by Lacey Turner, is seen welcoming her baby with boyfriend Martin Fowler (James Bye) by her side as well as the baby's real dad, Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami).

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Christmas arrival: Martin Fowler (James Bye) and Stacey  (Lacey Turner) welcome their baby on the Christmas Eve episode of EastEnders

Christmas arrival: Martin Fowler (James Bye) and Stacey (Lacey Turner) welcome their baby on the Christmas Eve episode of EastEnders

Sticking to EastEnders tradition, the birth doesn't go smoothly with Stacey going into labour as residents of the square gather to watch the annual Nativity play.

And while new photos show Stacey sharing an emotional embrace with Martin after the birth, there's heartbreak on the horizon as he's soon set to find out his bundle of joy actually belongs to his pal Kush Kazemi, who's wife Shabnam (Rakhee Thakrar) only recently delivered their stillborn son. 

Lacey will be dealing with another hard-hitting storyline too in the New Year as it's been revealed her character will experience symptoms of postpartum psychosis shortly after she gives birth to her child.

Bosses of the BBC soap have been keeping the 'true and painful' storyline under wraps, as they worked with mental health charities including Mind and Bipolar UK about the disease, which affects new mothers and can cause mood swings and hallucinations.

Emotional scenes: Aunt Babe (Annette Badland) is seen handing the baby to its real father Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami) as Martin embraces a crying Stacey

Emotional scenes: Aunt Babe (Annette Badland) is seen handing the baby to its real father Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami) as Martin embraces a crying Stacey

Sufferers of the condition have also met members of the show’s staff, including actress Lacey, to discuss and consult over the script.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the show’s executive producer, said: 'Stacey’s mental health story will be one of our biggest storylines over Christmas and the beginning of 2016 as we explore Stacey’s bipolar disorder and its effects on her and those closest to her.'

He added: 'We have always had a big commitment to Stacey’s story and this time we want to explore the effects of postpartum psychosis on those with bipolar - something which, although a rare illness, is unfortunately more common when mothers with bipolar give birth - and look at what we are doing as a country to help mothers experiencing this.' 

Clare Dolman, Bipolar UK’s vice chair, said: 'As the national charity supporting people with bipolar, we’ve been glad to work closely with the BBC on Stacey’s storyline.' 

Those affected by the storyline can go to www.bipolaruk.org.uk or www.app-network.org for more information.

 Drama: Martin is soon set to find out his bundle of joy actually belongs to his pal Kush, who's wife Shabnam (Rakhee Thakrar) only recently delivered their stillborn son

 Drama: Martin is soon set to find out his bundle of joy actually belongs to his pal Kush, who's wife Shabnam (Rakhee Thakrar) only recently delivered their stillborn son

Who's the daddy? Stacey's waters break as the residents of Albert Square gather for the annual Nativity

Who's the daddy? Stacey's waters break as the residents of Albert Square gather for the annual Nativity


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