Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Just Born: Molly Bickerstaff

Joanne Bickerstaff with her daughter Molly

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Little Molly Bickerstaff was born at 11.27am on January 17 and handed into the arms of her loving mum.

Joanne Bickerstaff (31) said she was over the Moon with her baby girl, who was born at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

Molly came into the world weighing 7lbs 3oz — complete with a full head of dark brown hair.

After being taken in on the morning of January 17, Joanne said she was due to have a Caesarean section.

“It was a planned Caesarean section because she was transverse. It was fine, though,” she said. “I came in at 8am on the 17th and she was born at 11.27am. She was sideways, but it was always planned to have a section.”

According to Joanne, Molly is doing very well and the pair are now finally hoping to head home after two days under the expert care of the nursing staff at the Ulster.

“She’s doing good,” she said. “Loads of hair.”

Joanne, a classroom assistant at Stranmillis Primary School, said her young son Alfie, who only turned four this month, was very proud of his baby sister and was looking forward to getting her home.

In the meantime, the visitors just keep on coming.

“Everybody has been in. There’s lots of pink stuff, so we’re putting a ban on pink,” she said.

Joanne said her husband Ian, who works as a warehouse leader, was “well chuffed” with the birth of his baby girl.

As for plans for the future, Joanne said they now have one of each and that might just be enough to be going on with.

“No plans,” she added.

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