Baby boom at nursery

Seven mem­bers of staff ex­pect­ing at same time

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Work­ers at a Cam­bus­lang nursery were left stunned when seven mem­bers of staff all fell preg­nant within seven months of one an­other.

Five of the new mum’s at the Up­stairs Kidz Club have since given birth, with the fi­nal two due to have their ba­bies this month.

One of them is ex­pect­ing twin girls, mean­ing there will be eight new lives to cel­e­brate.

Michelle Gem­mell, 30, who gave birth to baby daugh­ter Paige on Jan­uary 29, said: “It’s all been quite crazy.”

They say good things come in threes – but it has been a case of sev­enth heaven for new mums at a Cam­bus­lang nursery.

In­cred­i­bly, seven staff mem­bers at the Up­stairs Kidz Club on the Main Street all fell preg­nant within eight months of each other.

Five have since given birth, with the fi­nal two due to have their ba­bies this month. One of them is ex­pect­ing twin girls, mean­ing there will be eight new lives to cel­e­brate.

The re­mark­able co­in­ci­dence has left staff at the nursery stunned.

Among the new moth­ers is Michelle Gem­mell, 30, who gave birth to baby daugh­ter Paige on Jan­uary 29.

She said: “I was on holiday and the day I came back I found out I was preg­nant.

“When I went back into work there was two oth­ers al­ready preg­nant.

“I was the fifth per­son in just a few months. I was quite ner­vous about telling the man­age­ment be­cause there was so many of us go­ing to be off but they were all so pleased for us. There are 24 of us in the nursery and many of us are at that age where we want to start fam­i­lies. Ev­ery­one is so happy for each other. It ac­tu­ally ended up with four of us giv­ing birth in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary. It’s all been quite crazy.”

The happy mother’s are: Stacey Cal­laghan, 26, from Blair­beth, who had baby Hunter on Septem­ber 12 last year; Pamela Lamb, 25, from Wishaw who had baby called Sophie on Jan­uary 12; Michelle Gem­mell, 30, from Bell­shill, who had baby Paige on Jan­uary 29; Kim­berly O’Don­nell, 25, from Glas­gow, who had baby Orla on Jan­uary 30; Heather McKee Adair, 27, from Car­don­ald, who had baby Lawson on Fe­bru­ary 15.

Still to give birth is Michelle Seery, 28, from East Kil­bride who is due this Fri­day, April 14, and Laura McGladri­gan, 28, from Cam­bus­lang who is due to give birth to twin girls on May 2.

Michelle said: “We had baby show­ers to cel­e­brate with friends and fam­ily. Laura hired a hall so a lot of the work staff were able to at­tend to help her cel­e­brate the ap­proach­ing birth of her twins.

“We plan to all have a lovely lunch to­gether when all ba­bies are here to cel­e­brate and get a catch-up.”

De­spite los­ing seven of their most ex­pe­ri­enced staff on ma­ter­nity leave, man­agers at the nursery are de­lighted for the girls.

As­sis­tant man­ager Kay Wil­son said: “It’s been an amaz­ing time. We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled for them and it’s been a plea­sure to sup­port them and wel­come all their lit­tle ba­bies.

“We have a very close-knit team and it’s been lovely to see the girls de­velop and grow into young mums.”

I was the fifth per­son in just a few months Michelle Gem­mell

Baby talk Some of the new mums and tots

Baby boom From left Michelle Seery, Heather Adair with Lawson , Michelle Gem­mell with Paige, Kim­berly O’Don­nell with Orla, Pamela Lamb with Sophie and Laura McGladri­gan

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