Good Morning Britain presenter Laura Tobin has recalled how she was scared to leave the house with her premature daughter for two years.
The weather presenter welcomed daughter Charlotte, who she shares with husband Dean Brown, in 2017 but the tot was born three months premature weighing just 2lbs 8oz.
During Wednesday’s GMB, Laura sat down with Susanna Reid and Ed Balls alongside Dr Hilary Jones to discuss the concerns that come with having premature children to mark World Prematurity Day.
Laura, 39, told her co-hosts: ‘I remember coming into work – and thank goodness, my advice would be to just have a Dr Hilary on-hand – I came into work I just thought I had tummy cramps.
‘Phoned Dr Hilary, described what was going on and you knew that the baby was coming. You knew that my waters had broken three weeks before and I hadn’t realised.
‘It was such a minimal thing compared to a full term baby. I was told it was about bladder control which can happen in pregnancy.’
Susanna asked at what point did Laura and husband Dean stop worrying about Charlotte – who recently started school – to which the meteorologist explained: ‘I think we thought it would be two years, so at two years you have this big review and you have a correct stage. So Charlotte was three months early so we always took that three months off…
‘I remember going to this meeting and developmentally they were happy with her, health wise they were happy with her and we just left the meeting and didn’t feel any different. We started to wrap her in cotton wool, we couldn’t take her to supermarkets for two years, she didn’t go on a plane, we never went to a playdate, soft play.
‘We didn’t go to any antenatal classes because she was just so sick and vulnerable. We essentially lived lockdown – the lockdown everyone’s had now, we lived for two years.’
Dr Hilary, 68, shared his experience with his twin daughters who turn 30 next week.
‘My twins were born 12 weeks early and actually you don’t stop worrying about them until they get their A-levels, they’re so vulnerable,’ the GP said.
‘My kids were there 60 days in special care, it was a long time but the nurses were absolutely fabulous.
‘They simply wouldn’t be alive without the NHS.’
The presenters were also joined by Sir Chris Hoy and his wife Lady Sarra, whose son Callum was born 11 weeks early, weighing only 2lb 2oz.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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