Baby, baby baby! The three mums who beat the odds

From left: Meridian Shopping Centre manager Rob Fryer, Ruth Scott from the Beacon Food Bank and SSE employees Sunil Shanthi and Kyle Grant

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THERE must be something in the water at a swimming centre where three receptionists gave birth to three little girls – all on the same day.

Colleagues were delighted when Claire Rutter, Laura Willmott and Donna Champion announced within a couple of months of each other that they were expecting.

(left to right), Laura Wilmott and Tilly-Mae Wilmott, Claire Rutter and Esmie Huntley, and Donna Champion with Bella Champion'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133343-2)

(left to right), Laura Wilmott and Tilly-Mae Wilmott, Claire Rutter and Esmie Huntley, and Donna Champion with Bella Champion'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133343-2)

The receptionists all work on the front desk of Horizon Leisure Centre, in Havant, and should have given birth over a six-week period.

But there was amazement when news filtered back to the office that all three babies had been born on Friday, October 25.

Laura, 33, of Apollo Drove, Crookhorn, said: ‘It’s ridiculous when you think about it.

‘What are the odds of us all giving birth on the same day, to little girls?

‘It was incredible. We were so shocked.

‘Tilly-Mae wasn’t due until November 25 but I went in for a routine checkup on the Thursday and I was told I had Hellp Syndrome, which is worse than pre-eclampsia, it’s a liver condition.

‘I had to have an emergency caesarean under general anaesthetic and Tilly-Mae was born at 2.43am.

‘I was in hospital for six days. I was more poorly than the baby. It meant that I didn’t realise for a while that we were all in on the same day. We were flabbergasted.’

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

‘It was great going through our pregnancies together as we’re good friends as well as colleagues,’ said first-time mum Claire, 22, of Inhurst Avenue, Waterlooville.

‘It was exciting. Then to find out they were all born on the same day is astonishing.’

The last one to be born was Bella Champion, at 11pm. Mum Donna, 30, said: ‘I still can’t believe it. I don’t know what is behind it. We say it’s something to do with the chairs we sit on!

‘I love being a mum, it’s better than I could ever have hoped for.’

Their manager Will Jones said: ‘We’re all still completely amazed by it. It’s especially nice because we work in a real family environment so it’s lovely to see the girls become mums. We are so pleased for them all.’

Peter Higgins, owner of The Betting Room, in Albert Road, Southsea, calculated the odds of them all being born on the same day as 250,000/1.

He said: ‘The tactics that would have needed to have been deployed to land the bet would have been interesting.’