Sunday 25 September 2016

Today FM DJ Alison Curtis: ‘Giving birth was not a happy experience- they were some of the worst days of my life’

Published 20/08/2016 | 17:22

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Alison Curtis has opened up about the circumstances surrounding the birth of her daughter Joan (5), which she said were some of her “worst days”.

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The Today FM DJ revealed that she suffered from pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy, which made Joan’s birth very high risk.

Today FM presenter and producer Alison Curtis with daughter Joan
Today FM presenter and producer Alison Curtis with daughter Joan
Today FM's Alison Curtis. Photo: Caroline Quinn

In a blog for parenting website Mummy Pages, the DJ wrote:  “While I was pregnant with Joan, I developed pre-eclampsia and suffered an abruption while in for a routine check-up.

“It doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened to Joan or myself if I had been anywhere else that day.

“Unsurprisingly, after she arrived I was in high dependency for three days and the hospital for a total of nine days before being discharged with a healthy amount of drugs.

“So, for me, giving birth was not, unfortunately, a good or happy experience. They were some of the worst days of my life and certainly the most terrifying,” she said. 

Alison Curtis and her husband Tony
Alison Curtis and her husband Tony

The mum said the experience has discouraged her from having more children, and she sometimes feels like she is judged for having “just” one child.

“It seems like it JUST isn’t good enough to have one child, or the family JUST isn’t complete with one child.

“Or by only having JUST one child I have to retell my story of giving birth over and over again, which brings up so many bad feelings.

“I have just Joan, she is my world, she is the most incredible child and I am the luckiest person.

“My husband and I and Joan are a family, and a great little one at that,” she said.

Alison Curtis with her daughter Joan.
Alison Curtis with her daughter Joan.

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