TOUGH TIMES Rosanna Davison says her 'heart goes out' to mums-to-be facing scans alone
Rosanna Davison has told how her heart breaks for women who are given bad news alone during pregnancy scans.
Current Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland's maternity hospitals mean pregnant women must attend key developmental scans on their own.
At the moment partners are only allowed into the hospitals to attend the birth.
The former Miss World has been open in the past about her fertility struggles and previously told how she suffered 14 miscarriages.
The model and her husband Wes Quirke last year decided to have a baby girl via surrogacy.
However, earlier this year Rosanna made headlines when she announced that she was expecting "miracle" twin boys which are due in November.
The mum has been keeping her followers updated on social media throughout her pregnancy and she told the Sunday World that she feels for mums who get bad news on their own.
But she also said it's important to follow the Government's advice, no matter how difficult that is.
"We found out I was pregnant back in mid-April and had my first early scan at the end of April," Rosanna said.
"I've been having them every fortnight since, because identical twins require closer monitoring to ensure that both are playing fairly and sharing their blood and nutrients equally.
"So far, so good! Obviously, Wes hasn't been able to accompany me to any of them, which has been tough for him, but I video everything on the screen and show him all the pics and footage when I get home.
"I would have loved him there with me when I found out we were expecting twins, but we understand why the maternity hospitals need to be strict with visitors.
"My heart goes out to anyone who don't have the same positive experience that we have had."
Rosanna made the decision to go public with her good news in a bid to inspire other women who have struggled to conceive.
She said she broke down in tears when she heard her babies' heartbeats for the first time.
But the mum-to-be admitted she felt a sense of guilt sharing her news with the world and those struggling to conceive.
"They found a beating heart; I hadn't got to that stage in the pregnancy before. I always lost them before they had a heartbeat.
"I burst into tears. I was like, 'wow, this is incredible, I had never got to this stage before'.
"And then the following week he said, 'yes there are two in there'.
"And unfortunately, because of Covid, Wes wasn't able to come to any of the scans. So I was on my own, shaking, crying, everything.
"It is quite funny to look back on now.
"I felt nervous about sharing our news. I felt guilty for the women out there who are struggling and still haven't had their baby joy yet, because I've spoken a lot about my passion and empathy for anyone going through fertility struggles and what a lonely and traumatic and devastating road it can be."
It is not the first time that Rosanna has spoken out about her own difficult journey to motherhood.
Rosanna and Wes are already parents to baby Sophia, who was delivered by a surrogate in the Ukraine after she and Wes were told that a natural pregnancy was extremely unlikely.
The distraught couple went through a number of tests to figure out what was causing her miscarriages.
In the end they decided to go down the surrogacy route and are now proud parents to their healthy baby girl.
Rosanna made the decision to go public on her decision to have a baby by surrogate on the Late Late Show last year.
She said both her and Wes were extremely anxious at what the public reaction would be.
And she said thankfully the feedback, both in person and online, was generally supportive and kind.
"I was definitely nervous about sharing our personal surrogacy journey and experiences live on TV but the response was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.
"I'm so glad I did it because if it even helps one couple going through fertility struggles to feel less scared and alone, then it was completely worth it.
"We began our surrogacy journey in February 2018 when my doctor told me that, despite having excellent fertility, there was no more he could do to help me maintain a pregnancy.
"And following multiple early miscarriages and that surrogacy would be the best option.
"I had tried absolutely everything to carry my own baby, but my immune system unfortunately continued to reject pregnancy.
"So we began the lengthy process of researching our options, and had been on the journey for well over a year by the time we spoke about it publicly in July this year.
"We felt it was the right time to announce it, to open a conversation about it and to offer hope to others struggling to have a family.
"It's another route to parenthood made possible by modern reproductive science and we feel incredibly lucky that it has been a feasible option for us.
"Watching this amazing woman, I can never thank her enough, giving birth to the child was the moment we'd been thinking about for years and wishing for.
"I just turned to our surrogate and I said 'thank you, thank you, thank you', I think about it every day and I can't believe we experience it."
At the time of that interview both Rosanna and Wes felt the route of natural pregnancy was closed to them.
But now, halfway through her natural term with twins, Rosanna says she is just being careful and following all the medical advice, no matter how tough it is.
"It's so important that their doctors, nurses, midwives and all of the hardworking staff involved in running them [hospitals] optimally are protected, and that it's a safe environment for women to give birth," she said.
"It's a really difficult situation to be in, and I feel that the focus needs to be on supporting each other and making sure everybody is kept safe. My heart really goes out to the women who receive bad news at their scans and find themselves alone without the support of their partner."