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A Christmas delivery for Musselburgh!

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Last updated: 11.18am, by Leanne McGuire

When Clare arrived for work on Christmas Day she realised it wasn't just Santa making deliveries on this day!

On Christmas day, I expected to arrive at work and make breakfast for service users before they all went off to their friends and family but things didn’t go quite as I had planned!
I was met by a young person who was waiting on me arriving. We had a chat about her plans for the day and decided we would get breakfast started for everyone. I thought it would be good to make sure they were all awake so started to call the other service users to wish them Merry Christmas, and let them know that we would be starting the cooking. I was surprised when Daniel (Nikita's boyfriend) answered Nikita’s mobile. Sounding agitated, he informed me that Nikita didn’t feel so well and she had been up since 6am with tummy pain. As Nikita was nearly 8 months pregnant, I thought I had better go over to her flat and make sure she was ok. I arrived to find Nikita sitting on the bedroom floor clutching a hot water bottle. Nikita explained she had tummy pain since 6am and that she had taken paracetamol and tried a hot bath but nothing seemed to be helping. I asked her to describe the pain and when she did, I immediately knew she was in labour! Just at that moment, Nikita had (what I explained to her) another contraction! With no time to waste, I asked Daniel to put some items in a bag, and asked Nikita to put on her coat and shoes. I then locked up Nikita’s flat and got her and Daniel into the car. Just at that moment, Nikita had another contraction! I showed her how to breathe through it and blow it away! (from my own experiences 20 years ago!) Reassuring her she would be fine, and checking that Daniel was ok, we headed to the maternity hospital a few miles away.
During our short drive, Nikita had two more contractions and I did worry that her water’s may break in my car! We kept talking all the way, and Nikita was more worried about not getting her Christmas dinner that had been on her mind for the last couple of weeks!
Arriving at hospital, we were met by nurses who were reassuring to both Nikita and Daniel. After a short while, they took Nikita off to the labour suite.
A few hours later, Hayden Andrew Wilson was born weighing 4lb 7 oz’s!! Nikita did so well and had a natural birth. It was already known that Hayden would be born with his bowel on the outside of his tummy, so he was immediately transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Edinburgh where he was looked after in intensive care and then later had an operation to rectify his bowel. Keeping in contact with Nikita, is was good to know that mum and baby were doing well and lots of support around.
Baby Hayden was discharged from hospital on Monday 16th January 2017 and is doing really well. I was so please to see both of them and of course, hold this wee baby that will be in my mind every Christmas morning! (Clare Bauld, Senior Project Worker)
Nikita pictured with baby Hayden, Daniel and Clare.
We wish this beautiful young family all the best in their new home!


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