RTE host Maura Derrane has revealed she had an emergency C section when her son arrived six weeks early.
The new mum explained that she is still recovering after the surgery.
“My baby boy arrived six weeks early and I will admit, I was not completely prepared. It all happened so quick and culminated in an emergency C section.
“I am delighted to report that he is perfect in every way, the drama of his birth did not faze him and I am recovering well from the caesarean,” she said.
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The Today Show host made the comments on her blog for First 1000 Days.
The presenter added that her newborn baby was “only 6lbs” and revealed the first night she brought him home she panicked when Cal wouldn’t stop screaming.
“Cal woke up in the middle of the night and screamed for what felt like hours. Nothing we did seemed to pacify him and eventually I rang Holles Street at 4am, panic stricken and convinced that there was something seriously wrong with him.
“I spoke to one of the midwives and told her that he was crying uncontrollably. She didn’t seem worried which helped calm me down, she explained that his new surroundings were probably a bit frightening.
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“He had spent nearly a week in hospital with bright lights and plenty of noise and all of a sudden he was in this calm, dark bedroom. She told me to get a soother and prop him up on a few pillows and that she hoped this would calm him down and guess what, it totally worked!”
“I will admit that I was reduced to tears, watching him holding the soother in his mouth with his tiny hands and sucking frantically. He looked so tiny and vulnerable.
“At that moment I realised that this would be the first of many anxious nights spent with our little boy and for the first time I felt the worry that every parent feels. That moment when the unbelievable responsibility of this little human being, who totally dependent on you, hits home,” she said.
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Maura also revealed the reason she chose Cal for her son’s name:
“We decided to call him Cal, a Hebrew name which means devotion. It was actually the only boy’s name we had chosen. We both liked it because it’s short and can’t be shortened further into a nickname. I also think it’s a sophisticated grown up name,” she said.