Mum Gives Birth To ‘Amazing’ I.V.F Baby In ʙᴇʀᴇᴀᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ Suite Following Two Years Of sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ To Start A Family
A first-time mum has given birth to a “ᴍᴀɢɪᴄ” I.V.F baby in a ʙᴇʀᴇᴀᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ room while still sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ with ᴄᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜs.
Claire Trusson, 37, fell pregnant after having I.V.F on the NHS following two years of sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ to start a family with her husband Murray Mitchell, 33, and a single ᴇɢɢ was implanted in August 2019. But weeks before her due date, she started to experience ᴄᴏʟᴅlike sʏᴍᴘᴛᴏᴍs, which soon developed into a ᴘᴇʀsɪsᴛᴇɴᴛ ᴄᴏᴜɢʜ. Trusson went into ɪsᴏʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ until she started experiencing ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs and was rushed to St Helier Hospital in Carshalton, near Sutton. In a bid to keep her away from other mums-to-be, doctors had to put the Trusson in the most isolated room on the ward, which turned out to be the ʙᴇʀᴇᴀᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ delivery room.
Thankfully, after two days, the mum-to-be was sent home to await the ʀᴇsᴜʟᴛs ᴏF ʜᴇʀ COVID-19 ᴛᴇsᴛ, but just a day later the test came back ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ and Trusson and her husband, a luxury travel agent, were told to isolate for 14 days. However a week later, on March 30, Claire’s ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs became more frequent, and she found herself back in the ʙᴇʀᴇᴀᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ suite giving birth to baby, Jake.
By the time she made it back to the isolated ʙᴇʀᴇᴀᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ suite, the midwife could see the baby’s head. Trusson says giving birth six weeks early while sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ from the ᴠɪʀᴜs was sᴛʀᴇssfᴜʟ.
“I didn’t want to go back into hospital. I knew from when I had been there, I felt like a bit of a ᴅʀᴀɪɴ on them.” the performer from Carshalton, explains.
But she actually found giving birth in the ʙᴇʀᴇᴀᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ room sᴛʀᴀɴɢᴇʟʏ comforting.
“They have a memorial clock on the wall, and because I was timing my ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs when I was first in there, I spent a lot of time staring at that clock, I found it quite comforting in a way – it’s so full of love. I did think at one point, it’s a strange choice to have a memorial clock in a room where women are labouring.’she said
But she added that she was “really grateful” to have given birth to baby Jake and avoid further anxiety not knowing what giving birth in a ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ would be like.
“In the scheme of things, I am super lucky – I’m well, he’s well and really it’s amazing. In a way, I am really grateful that I didn’t have another six weeks of anxiety of what giving birth would look like.”