Dr Hilary urged Laura to get to hospital back in 2017 (Picture: Rex/ITV)
Good Morning Britain star Laura Tobin has spoken about co-star Dr Hilary Jones, and revealed how he took charge when she went into labour on set.
Back in July 2017, meteorologist Laura went into labour 12 weeks early after suffering stomach pains on the ITV show.
The programme’s medical expert Dr Hilary urged her to go to hospital immediately and talked her through every step of the way.
Speaking to OK! about the experience, Laura said: ‘If you knew what was happening, you’d be very worried, but I didn’t know I was going into labour.
‘As it was so early, I had no idea. The story is, I turned up at work, I had a tummy ache, the wardrobe lady said, “My goodness, you don’t look well.” Charlotte [Hawkins] said: “Oh, it’s Braxton Hicks.”’
Explaining how Dr Hilary urged her to seek medical help, Laura added: ‘Dr Hilary was on his way in, so Debbie in wardrobe phoned him and he said, “It sounds like she might be going into labour but don’t tell her. I don’t want her to worry. St Thomas’s hospital is down the road, which has the best unit in the country for premature birth.”’
Laura Tobin says ‘thank God for Dr Hilary’ (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)
She added: ‘I just turned up at hospital and had no idea I was going into labour. It slowly dawned on me, “Okay, fine. It’s going to happen.”’
Thankfully, Laura’s baby was delivered safely. However, her daughter Charlotte weighed just 2lb 8oz on arrival and had a weak immune system.
Her condition meant she was unable to socialise during the first two years of her life, but she has suffered no long-term health complications from being born premature and is now an outgoing child.
Dr Hilary knew exactly what to do in the situation (Picture: ITV/REX)
Speaking about being in hospital with Charlotte in the first few days, Laura added: ‘One of the mums said, “It’s one step forward and two steps back, but overall you’re taking steps forward and your baby will come home with you one day.”
‘We stayed calm and listened to the doctors, and I had Dr Hilary on hand. He was my point of call all the time. He had premature twins, born around the same gestation as Charlotte. Nothing came as a shock, because Dr Hilary told me what to expect… Thank God for Dr Hilary.’
Laura has been the lead weather presenter on Good Morning Britain since 2014. Earlier this year, she urged viewers not to worry about an asteroid passing Earth during one of her reports.
Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.