Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Just Born: Rosa Henderson

Rosa Henderson
Rosa Henderson
Mason James Matthew Caughey
Mason James Matthew Caughey
Hastings Junior, son of Hastings Campbell II and Ciara Gillen. Baby Hastings was born in Belfast Royal hospital on December 6th weighing 8.5lbs; this pic was after his first bath.

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Iain and Gail Henderson are celebrating the birth of their first child, Rosa, following her dramatic arrival into the world.

The beautiful baby girl weighed 7lbs 11oz when she was born three weeks early at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast on Sunday, January 13 at 10.10pm.

Just hours earlier Gail had been at home in Moira and couldn't feel the baby moving, so headed to the hospital to put her mind at ease.

"I was going to have a trace and thought it would take about 20 minutes," Gail said.

"The second trace revealed the baby was in distress, so I was wheeled down to theatre for a crash Caesarean and Rosa was born 15 minutes later.

"Iain had to dash out of work and arrived a few minutes after she was born.

"I was under general anaesthetic, so we've been telling people we both missed the birth."

Gail and Iain – both journalists with Independent News & Media in Belfast – praised the medical team's quick thinking.

"We are so thankful to the doctors and midwives at the Royal," Gail said. "They couldn't have been any better."

Throughout Gail's pregnancy the couple was sure she was carrying a boy. "I know it's 50/50, but we were convinced," Gail said.

"When the midwife handed Rosa to me and said 'would you like to meet your daughter?', I was surprised and delighted."

Iain and Gail are thrilled with the photographs Belfast-based Lauren Rutherford took of Rosa at their home.

"They are beautiful," Gail said. "She looks so peaceful, it's hard to believe her arrival was so dramatic.

"Iain and I are loving being parents to our little drama queen, but hopefully that's the end of the drama for a while."

The Hendersons are enjoying the challenges of parenthood.

"Iain and I are loving every moment of it," Gail said.

"It's a big learning curve, but it's amazing how instinct kicks in.

"People said it was mother's instinct that I came to the hospital when I did.

"I could easily have stayed at home that night and that would not have been good.

"I still can't believe we have this beautiful baby girl."

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