Moira’s baby blues! Em­merdale

the dras­tic ac­tion Natalie J Robb tells us about cope with baby Isaac... Moira takes when she can’t

Soaplife - - Hot This Issue - By Sally Brock­way

Af­ter such a trau­matic birth, it’s lit­tle won­der that new mum Moira Bar­ton cracks un­der the pres­sure and leaves her new­born son, Isaac, at the hospi­tal. ‘The enor­mity of the sit­u­a­tion is too much for her to cope with,’ ac­tress Natalie J Robb tells Soaplife. Can Moira bond with her baby and get the sup­port she so des­per­ately needs?

Moira is clearly stressed, but why does she leave Isaac at the hospi­tal?

She’s ter­ri­fied some­thing bad will hap­pen and she can’t cope with any more sad­ness in her life. She has the baby blues, too, which doesn’t help.

How would she feel if so­cial ser­vices de­cided they had to step in?

I think she would be dis­traught, but the baby is driv­ing her in­sane, so maybe it would be a good thing if so­cial ser­vices were to get in­volved. Their in­ter­ven­tion might also en­cour­age Moira to get the help she ob­vi­ously re­ally needs, but is pre­tend­ing she doesn’t.

What did you think when you heard about the sur­prise baby?

It’s some­thing very new. When I found out about the sto­ry­line, I was taken aback – I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it and I was pleas­antly sur­prised. It’s a fresh chal­lenge for Moira.

What was it like film­ing the birth?

We had a mid­wife and a med­i­cal team on board. But you’re al­ways ner­vous about do­ing sto­ry­lines like that when you have never ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced it.

Have you en­joyed all the drama?

Yes, but it’s been ex­haust­ing. I make sure that I walk the dog when I get home. That’s my way of chill­ing out be­fore I learn the lines for the next day.

What’s it like work­ing with a new­born?

I’ve re­ally en­joyed it. We have to have two ba­bies, be­cause of the long film­ing hours. They’re both so well be­haved and they’ve been very good lit­tle ac­tors so far!

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