Geri Halliwell has given birth to a baby girl. The former Spice Girl, better known as Ginger, reportedly gave birth via caesarean section at London's Portland hospital at 9pm yesterday. A hospital source revealed: "The birth went well. Mother and daughter are doing fine."

Geri's mother, Anna Maria, stayed by her side throughout the delivery - which came a month early - but the father of her child, Sacha Gervaise, was not present. The 33-year-old singer - who fell pregnant during a six-week fling last year - is believed to have banned the Hollywood screen producer, and recovering dug addict, from being involved in her child's life.

It has been claimed that Gervasi's lifestyle was so overtaken by drugs that he got kicked out of the band Bush after having an ecstasy overdose on stage.

Geri has previously talked about her anxiety at having her first child and revealed that she would call her baby Leonardo if it was a boy. She said: "I'm just hoping this child is more angel than devil's child.

"To think that it might one day be going to the equivalent of the raves I went to, or driving away my car without permission, just like the way I took my dad's, is horrifying."