Iain Stirling reveals he nearly missed daughter’s birth as Laura Whitmore sent him to get Lucozade


Iain Stirling has revealed he nearly missed the birth of his daughter, after his wife Laura Whitmore sent him out to get Lucozade.

The comedian, 33, who welcomed his first child with the Love Island presenter, 36, in March, detailed Laura’s labour story on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell podcast. 

Iain recalled how Laura had sent him out to Tesco while she was 4cm dilated to get the sugary drink, but text when he was in the shop to hurry back to hospital because she was 9cm dilated. 

Near miss: Iain Stirling has revealed he nearly missed the birth of his daughter, after his wife Laura Whitmore sent him out to get Lucozade (pictured in December)

The Love Island narrator had headed out to get a still isotonic drink as it helps give women a boost of energy during labour. 

He said: ‘All I remember really is, Laura was amazing. All my job was, I was to get Laura Lucozade. That was the one thing.

‘She went “I need my Lucozade now”. I had got her actual Lucozade and it was too sugary.

Baby joy: The comedian, 33, who welcomed his first child with the Love Island presenter, 36, in March, detailed Laura's labour story

Baby joy: The comedian, 33, who welcomed his first child with the Love Island presenter, 36, in March, detailed Laura’s labour story

‘I was meant to get her an isotonic. And I got really bad wine gums.’

Iain explained how he felt like he had “bags of time” because she was 4cm dilated, but still felt wary about leaving her. 

He recalled: ‘I said to Laura “are you sure you want me walking about? It is quite dangerous for me to go anywhere”.’

But the Irish beauty was adamant she wanted the isotonic drink and so sent Iain out to pick some up. 

Whoops: Iain recalled how Laura had sent him out to Tesco while she was 4cm dilated, but text when he was in the shop to hurry back to hospital because she was 9cm dilated

Whoops: Iain recalled how Laura had sent him out to Tesco while she was 4cm dilated, but text when he was in the shop to hurry back to hospital because she was 9cm dilated

However, while he was in the shop, Iain got a text from Laura saying she was 9cm dilated, meaning she was about to go into the active stage of labour.   

‘I ran back and I got into the lift and it was the 7th floor. Three doctors got in the lift and they’re having a conversation about which floor they’re going to,’ Iain said.   

‘I said “none of you press a f*****g button on this”. An actual doctor went to me: “I am one floor up”.

‘And I went “well you are going to be another 6 floors up”. I got there sweating.’ 

Luckily Iain made it in time to watch the birth of his baby daughter.   

During the podcast, the comedian also revealed they have decided to frame their daughter’s umbilical cord and turned the placenta turned into gummy bears. 

He said: [‘[The umbilical cord] fell off – a week in, early doors.

‘We kept that little bit for a book. We got the actual umbilical cord framed.’

He compared the cord – which is hanging on the wall in their daughter’s bedroom – to ‘a set of headphones’.

He added: ‘Do you know what’s next to it? The scissors I used to cut the umbilical cord.

Quirky: During the podcast, the comedian also revealed they have decided to frame their daughter's umbilical cord and turned the placenta turned into gummy bears

Quirky: During the podcast, the comedian also revealed they have decided to frame their daughter’s umbilical cord and turned the placenta turned into gummy bears

‘The doctor gave me the scissors and let me keep the scissors. Sort of like how you get a lolly once you’ve come out the doctors.

‘We gave the placenta to someone and they turned the placenta into gummy bears. I’ve eaten it, yeah. It’s gummy bears, isn’t it?!

‘They take the good bits from the placenta and put it into gummy bears.’

Meanwhile, new mum Laura, who has yet to reveal the name of her daughter, recently admitted he feels ‘guilty’ about feeling good after giving birth.

She wrote on Instagram: ‘I’ve been told I won’t be able to leave the house and should feel s**t.

‘But I actually feel the best I’ve felt ever and the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. And maybe feel a bit guilty for feeling good as I’ve been told I shouldn’t.

‘But I’ve created something incredible. I had a positive natural birth with thankfully no complications and a baby that LOVES the boob (and jaysus those boobs are looking good!) also a supportive partner who loves changing dirty nappies (well at least he does them anyway!)

‘I am lucky that’s my truth at the moment – I’m sure there will be tougher days. But you should never compare yourself to anyone else as your journey is specific to you.’ 

Motherhood: Meanwhile, new mum Laura, who has yet to reveal the name of her daughter, recently admitted he feels 'guilty' about feeling good after giving birth

Motherhood: Meanwhile, new mum Laura, who has yet to reveal the name of her daughter, recently admitted he feels ‘guilty’ about feeling good after giving birth



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