Baby Surprise & the Mummy Midwife

On Thursday a beautiful baby boy was born. Not that unusual really, given that about half a million babies are born in the world every day. But this little one was rather unusual. He was the first baby ever born to a British soldier on the front line, as his mummy Lynette was a soldier fighting in Afghanistan, and he was born in Camp Bastion. And she had no idea she was pregnant.

Lynette is a remarkably fit, strong and healthy woman – who passed numerous health and fitness checks in order to serve in the army, she’s also an elite sportswoman and was serving in the Royal Artillery – no mean feat for anybody, let alone when you’re 34 weeks pregnant. After suffering from severe stomach pains and going to get checked over by the army medic, Lynette’s son was born in a field hospital – and once mummy & baby were fit they were flown home and both are said to be doing well. Apparently Lynette is delighted (although I suspect rather shocked) as she adjusts to her new role as a mother.

Initially it might seem a bit bonkers that you could be pregnant and not know – people might think that the wriggly baby and significant increase in your waistline, not to mention the vomiting, super-smell, exhaustion, backache and constant peeing would give it away……. but it is not always the case.

Many midwives will have met ladies who didn’t know that they were expecting, and find out after seeing their doctor about some other complaint. It’s a bit of a shocker for them. Especially given that they may have continued to have monthly bleeds, always used contraception, and not noticed a significant weight gain.

But once the shock has evaporated, and the idea that there is a baby on it’s way and that you are a mother has sunk in it is still a joyful and remarkable time.

Hopefully Lynette is feeling well and enjoying time with her son, and that he’s healthy and thriving and bringing joy and happiness to all his new family. Even though they never knew it was coming!


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