250,000-1 babies back together for their first birthday

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THESE bonny babies and their mums are celebrating a very special birthday today.

All three mums work together as receptionists at a leisure centre – and gave birth on the same day last year.

(l-r) Laura Willmott with daughter Tilly-Mae Willmott, Claire Rutter with daughter Esmie Huntley and Donna Champion with daughter Bella Champion. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143047-1)

(l-r) Laura Willmott with daughter Tilly-Mae Willmott, Claire Rutter with daughter Esmie Huntley and Donna Champion with daughter Bella Champion. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143047-1)

Yesterday Horizon Leisure Centre, in Havant, threw a big party for the tots and the three will celebrate with their own events today.

Laura Willmott, 34, mum to Tilly-Mae, said: ‘Looking back now we still can’t believe it.

‘They should have been born up to six weeks apart so it was such a shock.

‘We’re all back at work now and people come in and say “are you the ladies who had the babies on the same day?”.

05/12/13  EB''Three receptionists at Havant Leisure Centre have miraculously given birth to their babies on the same day. (left to right), Laura Wilmott and Tilly-Mae Wilmott, Claire Rutter and Esmie Huntley, and Donna Champion with Bella Champion, all are six weeks old.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133343-4) ENGPPP00320130512163014

05/12/13 EB''Three receptionists at Havant Leisure Centre have miraculously given birth to their babies on the same day. (left to right), Laura Wilmott and Tilly-Mae Wilmott, Claire Rutter and Esmie Huntley, and Donna Champion with Bella Champion, all are six weeks old.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133343-4) ENGPPP00320130512163014

‘It’s still a big talking point for everyone. All the girls are gorgeous.’

Laura, Donna Champion, 31, and Claire Rutter, 23, all announced within a couple of months that they were expecting. So colleagues at Horizon were stunned when news filtered back that all three had given birth on the same day.

Donna, mum to Bella, said: ‘It was amazing. But it’s been great because we’ve been there for each other every step of the way, offering advice and support.

‘It’s been emotional thinking about their birthday.

‘I found it hard to write Bella’s card because it’s been such an amazing year.

‘It’s gone faster than any other year of my entire life. And it’s the one that I wanted to go slowest.’

Claire, who is mum to Esmie agreed. ‘If Esmie was not walking it wouldn’t be so bad but she has grown up so quickly!

‘She is like a proper little girl now. They all are.’

The first to be born was Tilly-Mae who was not due until November 25.

But a routine check-up showed mum Laura had Hellp Syndrome which is worse than pre-eclampsia.

Tilly-Mae was delivered at 2.43am by emergency caesarean.

The next baby to be born was Esmie Rutter, at 4pm, also in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham – three days overdue.

The last baby to be born was Bella, at 11pm.

The odds of them being born on the same day were a staggering 250,000/1.

All the babies were given birthday cakes to share with their friends who had been invited to a tea party in the play centre.

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