5 women from Ipswich hospital pharmacy become locked out moms


Five women who all work in the pharmacy at Ipswich Hospital gave birth during the coronavirus pandemic – but were unable to meet their newborns due to the restrictions.

Cara Medd, Marianne Eve, Amy Souter, Christine Hadley and Sajitha Chacko welcomed their new arrivals to Ipswich Hospital within six months.

The ‘pharmacy family’ said it had been difficult to get through a pregnancy during the coronavirus, but being there to support each other made things a lot easier.

Christine hadley, 29, who has been a pharmacist at the hospital for more than six years, was the first of the colleagues to find out she was expecting.


Christine and her daughter Charlotte Hadley.
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The first-time mum welcomed daughter Charlotte Hadley on June 2 and spent much of her pregnancy trip in lockdown.

She said the experience was not what she expected and that it was difficult not having her family to support her, but she loved her first months of motherhood.

“It was hard not to have the support here at first, but it was so exciting that my colleagues were welcoming children too,” she said.

“We are all catching up on Whatsapp and have been there to support each other.”

Amy Souter, 34, was the second of the friends to give birth, welcoming her first child Henry Mcclean on August 25.


Five friends who all work at the Ipswich hospital pharmacy are all on maternity leave together

Amy Souter and her baby Henry McClean, born in August at Ipswich Hospital.
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She worked as a community pharmacy technician at Ipswich Hospital for over six years and said it was “a blessing” to have the support of other moms.

“It was quite difficult and I feel like we were deprived of our chance to introduce our babies and see each other,” she said.

“But it was amazing being Henry’s mom and so many new moms are going through the same thing. The staff at Ipswich Hospital are working so hard.”

The third of the friends to welcome a new arrival was Sajitha Chacko, 28, who gave birth to her second son Ezekiel Momino Chacko on September 22.


Sajitha Chacko and his son Ezekiel, born in September.

Sajitha Chacko and his son Ezekiel, born in September.
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She had to have a provoked job, which meant it was over very quickly.

So fast in fact, that her husband only arrived on time for the last 10 minutes of work, as he was not allowed to be there for the entire time due to Covid.

“It’s been so exciting for all of us, but not so great for the department,” said the 28-year-old, who has worked as a pharmacist for five years.

“We all work very closely together, so it was really fun when we all found out, and it’s great to share our experiences and our family of pharmacies are very supportive. I look forward to a play date for baby as soon as it is safe. “

The fourth person on the pharmacy team to find out she was pregnant was Marianne Eve, a 31-year-old first-time mom who worked at the hospital for over seven years.


Marianne Eve with her baby Manon Sperling-Eve, born in October.

Marianne Eve with her baby Manon Sperling-Eve, born in October.
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His daughter Manon Sperling-Eve was born on October 3, but suffered from jaundice in the first few days, both of whom had to be readmitted to hospital.

Since returning home, they enjoy spending time as a family of three, but find it difficult not to have family and friends to support them.

“It was tough, sure, but also amazing being a mom,” she said.

The last of the mothers to give birth was Cara Medd, who welcomed her daughter Romee Waller on November 5, 2020.


Cara Medd with her baby Romee Waller, born at Ipswich Hospital in November.

Cara Medd with her baby Romee Waller, born at Ipswich Hospital in November.
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She has been working as a dispensing technician in the pharmacy department since 2014 and found out she was pregnant when Covid first struck, meaning she had to let her manager know before her family so that she can safely leave the service.

She said that Romee “completes the family” and that they have loved spending family time together, bonding without the distractions of others.

However, she can’t wait to introduce her little one to the rest of the family from her pharmacy as soon as it is safe to do so.


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