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STV anchor Emma Cameron ‘bursting with joy’ after birth of baby daughter

As an STV anchor, Emma Cameron is used to sharing big news with the nation and today she reveals her greatest exclusive to date – her baby daughter.

Gorgeous Ivy Helen was born nine weeks ago on May 14 and the newsreader, who suffered a devastating miscarriage last year, says her heart is bursting with love and joy.

Emma, 33, who is married to Declan de Lacy Staunton, 34, admits her beautiful “rainbow baby” has brought sunshine after the rain in what has been a difficult year for everyone.

The STV News At Six presenter, who lives in Giffnock with her husband, said: “Ivy is definitely my greatest achievement. She’s started smiling and, when she does, my whole body and soul feels elated. I’ve never felt a love like this before. It’s like a part of my heart is living outside my body.

“Ivy is our rainbow baby. We suffered a loss last summer. We found out at the 12-week scan that the baby didn’t have a heartbeat. It was heartbreaking.

“So we decided to try again shortly after and were lucky enough to get pregnant really quickly. Going to the scans was terrifying, especially the 20-week scan, as Covid restrictions meant Declan could not come with me.

“Fortunately everything was fine and we are now parents to a healthy baby.”

Emma, who also fronts STV’s entertainment show What’s On Scotland, added: “It’s been a crazy 18 months for everyone due to the pandemic but Ivy is our good news story.

“To have a miscarriage in the middle of lockdown wasn’t easy. We were very lucky to have a healthy pregnancy so quickly afterwards. I know people that have gone through multiple miscarriages before they have a baby. I count my blessings everyday that I am a mum.”

Ivy arrived at 3.42am on May 14 – bang on her due date. She was born in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and weighed 7lb 7oz.

STV anchor Emma Cameron 'bursting with joy' after birth of baby daughter

Emma, who has interviewed some of Scotland’s biggest names including Rod Stewart and Billy Connolly, said: “Ivy came into our lives like a whirlwind. I was out for lunch with a friend the day before and felt a bit of a twinge but didn’t think anything of it but then it ramped up later that night and the hospital told me to come in.

“They decided to keep me in overnight to monitor but sent Declan home because I wasn’t in active labour. Not long after, the pain got really bad and I thought, ‘If this is early labour, I don’t know how I am going to cope with the real thing.’

“At 2am I told one of the nurses I thought something was happening and, after an examination, I was told I should phone my husband and tell him to get in as the baby was nearly here.

“Declan arrived at 2.40am after a mad dash and Ivy arrived less than an hour later. I had to do it all without pain relief as she came so quickly but it was worth it.”

STV anchor Emma Cameron 'bursting with joy' after birth of baby daughter

She added: “We stayed in the hospital for a couple of nights so I could establish the tricky art of breastfeeding. We weren’t allowed any visitors apart from a partner and even then it was an allotted pre-booked time of two hours. The first couple of nights after we got home, I don’t think I slept a wink as I was constantly checking she was still alive.

“I can’t believe it’s nine weeks already but at the same time it feels like she has always been here.”

Emma, who started out working for the BBC when she was 21, named her daughter after her granny Helen, who turned 90 in May.

She said: “We knew we were having a girl so we had tried out lots of names but settled on Ivy. There was a Rose and a Lily in the same ward and the midwife joked we could start a garden. Helen is after my gran, who I am incredibly close to.

“Ivy Helen de Lacy Staunton sounds extremely posh, which is a laugh as I’m a Glasgow girl and Declan is from an Irish farming family.

“I think with a name like that she could end up on the stage while golf fan Declan sees her as the
winner of the Solheim Cup.”

Emma, who is fluent in French and German, met engineer Declan when they were both studying at Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University and they married in 2018 in the Glasgow Uni chapel.

The former Hutchesons’ Grammar School pupil said: “Declan dotes on Ivy and gives her the last feed before bedtime. His family are desperate to meet her. We haven’t been able to see them as they live in the south of Ireland and there are still quarantine rules in place. It’s such a wee sin as photos aren’t enough.

STV anchor Emma Cameron 'bursting with joy' after birth of baby daughter

“We will both be double vaccinated by the end of the month so we are hopeful we will make it across in the next few weeks. His mum says she will be walking before she meets her.

“My brother has been living and working in Melbourne but he is cutting his time short so he can come back to Scotland to meet his niece.

“She is the first grandchild on my side and my mum and dad can’t get enough of her.

“Mum is always on hand to step in if I need a break and dad has been round nearly every night since she was born.

“Ivy has brought so much joy to so many people, which makes me very happy.”

Emma, whose first broadcasting job was interviewing French president Nicolas Sarkozy, added: “Every day is a learning curve.

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“Declan and I have WhatsApp conversations about nappy changes. Who said romance is dead?

“I’ve also discovered putting her Moses basket beside the washing machine helps her sleep. Ivy is like me – she sleeps with one eye open in case she misses anything.

“The doctor thinks she may have a cow’s milk allergy so I’m cutting out dairy for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference. I’m really hoping it doesn’t as I can’t imagine having to go through the newborn stage without cheese or chocolate – they are literally my saviours.”

At the moment Emma is concentrating on spending every waking moment with her little girl but she is planning to go back to work after her maternity leave.

The new mum, who did a Master’s in broadcast journalism at Edinburgh’s Napier University, said: “I absolutely love my job and am looking forward to going back.

“I feel so lucky to be a mum and also have one of the best jobs in the world. Life is good.

“Ivy makes every day better than the last. She is our wee ray of sunshine.”



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