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I was terrified of having a miscarriage as an older mum, says BBC presenter Julia Bradbury

Murray Wardrop

Published 21/02/2012 | 09:03

The Irish-born journalist returns to screens next month with Countryfile after taking a break for the birth of her first child, a son named Zephyr, with her property developer partner Gerard Cunningham
The Irish-born journalist returns to screens next month with Countryfile after taking a break for the birth of her first child, a son named Zephyr, with her property developer partner Gerard Cunningham

IRISH-BORN JULIA Bradbury, the BBC Countryfile presenter, has admitted she was terrifed of having a miscarriage because she was an older mother.

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The 41-year-old journalist returns to screens next month after taking a break for the birth of her first child, a son named Zephyr, with her property developer partner Gerard Cunningham.



Bradbury disclosed that her pregnancy took her by surprise, having suffered from endometriosis and being told it would be almost impossible for her to have a baby.



She told Radio Times that she had been “terrified” of having a late miscarriage.



“It really was a miracle. It was a 33-hour labour, which wasn’t great, but luckily Zeph was long and slim with a small head,” she added.



Despite the new arrival, Bradbury returned to work less than three months later, filming for the BBC One show The Great British Countryside, taking her baby with her on set.



She said: “It was weird. I couldn’t jump gates, leap down fells, walk down paths like a mountain goat. I was really aware I had this precious bundle attached to me.”



The presenter, said of taking her baby on location: "There I was in car parks with Zeph (breast-feeding) up my jumper.



"I'm sure people were thinking, 'Is that Julia Bradbury over there? What is she doing?' But, to me, it was, and is, all about Zeph."



Bradbury also said "Talking CCTV masts" should be used to embarrass rural fly-tippers and prevent Britain’s countryside being turned into an eyesore.



Bradbury said littering was the most important issue on her agenda and urged councils to adopt tougher measures to catch offenders.



She suggested that one possible tactic was use of covert cameras which film fly-tippers, then warn them they have been caught in the act.



Bradbury “Litter is the big one [issue]. I cannot stand it. Something really has to be done about fly-tipping.



“There are masts now with cameras on and, when someone is filmed fly-tipping, they say, ‘You have just been caught fly-tipping on camera.’



“I would have thought that’s a pretty big deterrent, although goodness knows what happens if you’ve just stopped to have a pee.”



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