Dennyloanhead mum gives birth in Poland three months early

Ella Dunbar was born in Poland three months premature
Ella Dunbar was born in Poland three months premature

For most tourists the hours before a flight home are spent packing, but for Claire Dickson it meant being rushed to hospital to give birth.

The 28-year-old from Dennyloanhead had been enjoying a short break with her grandmother in the historic Polish city of Krakow when she went into labour just an hour before a taxi was booked to take her to the airport.

Claire was not due to give birth until December 8, so had travelled abroad thinking she still had plenty of time to prepare for the arrival of her first child.

But little Ella could not wait that long and was born more than two months’ premature on September 20 - weighing just 2lb 2oz.

Claire’s partner Jonathan Dunbar (31) caught the first flight to Poland to see his baby daughter when he heard the news.

This week, Ella remains in intensive care in Krakow, but is gaining weight and was able to be cuddled by her mum for the first time.

Jonathan, a restaurant manager in Stirling, told The Falkirk Herald that the days after the birth were “manic”.

He said: “We have received help from Claire’s insurance company and the British Embassy in Warsaw gave details of official translators we could pay to use in obtaining Ella’s birth certificate.

“The week Claire was released from hospital we stayed in a hotel to help her recover, and we are now in a rented apartment for this month.”

Jonathan is set to fly home for a week due to work commitments but will then return to Poland.

He added: “I will continue to split my time between Scotland and Poland until Ella is fit enough to return home.

‘‘We are unsure when this will be as the doctors and nurses have only said that Ella will need time to grow and get strong.

‘‘It is really just a waiting game, but we understand that most premature babies are 
allowed home around the time of their original due date.”

Jonathan and Claire wish to thank the many people who have sent messages of support in recent weeks.

They ask that any donations are made to Bliss, a Scottish charity that supports premature babies.