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.