Edi­tor’s note

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Editor's Note - SIDO KITCHIN EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF, WOMAN’S DAY

y heart raced read­ing Polly Gille­spie’s emo­tional ac­count of her grand­child Roseanna’s dra­matic birth (page 10).

To be hon­est, the birth of any baby could be classed as “dra­matic” – es­pe­cially when it’s your first, as it was for Polly’s daugh­ter Kather­ine – but this de­liv­ery was a se­ri­ous Os­car con­tender in the drama stakes. After wit­ness­ing the labour turn dis­as­trous, Polly feared for the lives of both Kather­ine and Roseanna – be­fore an emer­gency “crash” Cae­sarean saved the day.

I re­mem­ber get­ting a tear­ful mes­sage from Polly in Au­gust, not long after the birth. She was in­con­solable and, to be hon­est, I felt help­less to do any­thing but send my love. No doubt Polly was a tower of strength for her daugh­ter in that time of cri­sis, but when it was fi­nally over, she was be­side her­self.

So to now see these three lovely fe­males smil­ing in our fam­ily photos this week fills my heart with joy. You know I’m a big sook, but when I saw the de­li­cious pic­tures of baby Roseanna, grin­ning at the cam­era, beau­ti­ful Kather­ine look­ing like a nat­u­ral-born mum and Polly beam­ing proud as punch, I welled up.

I know a thing or two about dra­matic births my­self. It wasn’t as life-threat­en­ing as Kather­ine’s ordeal but, like her, I was in­duced two weeks late and ended up hav­ing an emer­gency Cae­sarean.

I can still pic­ture the pan­icked look on my then-boyfriend’s face as they raced me to the the­atre, while he had to sign all sorts of se­ri­ous forms. And when the op was over, I re­call des­per­ately want­ing to cud­dle my dar­ling baby Cleo – but I’d been given too much anaes­thetic and couldn’t move my arms. Con­rad held her near my face and I gave her a kiss, then she was whisked away for what seemed like for­ever be­fore I was sta­bilised and could see her again. The sec­ond time round for a Cae­sar wasn’t nearly as scary as the first, but it was still an out-of body ex­pe­ri­ence – quite lit­er­ally!

Yes, hav­ing a baby is a crazy ride, but it’s the best jour­ney of all. I’m sure you’ll join me in send­ing love and con­grat­u­la­tions to Polly, Kather­ine and Roseanna.

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