Hereford & Worcester

Baby induced before Worcester soldier's tour of duty

A soldier's wife had her baby induced so her husband could see his daughter before he left for Afghanistan.

Cpl Paul Watts, from Worcester, was able to see his child for a week after his wife, Zoe, requested to have the birth brought forward.

Mrs Watts said although her husband only met Isabella for a few days before his deployment, it had made it easier for them to bond on his return.

She said her consultant was happy for her to give birth a week early.

Cpl Watts, who had been serving with the 40 Commando in Helmand Province, returned home on Sunday six months after the birth.

He was also allowed home for about two months during his tour.

He told BBC News the induction had been a joint decision.

"I have no regrets whatsoever - nice memories to take away with me.

"When I came home, there was no difference.

"I got a big smile and a little hug which was truly needed I think.

"I'm happy, happy to be home with the family."

Mrs Watts said she was aware of other armed forces couples who had done the same thing.

"Luckily for me there were no problems in the pregnancy and it was really important for Paul to meet her before he left for Afghanistan," she said.

"In the force areas where we used to live... it's more common for it to happen but we did not know of it in this area.

"My midwife was quite doubtful that they would allow it but our consultant was excellent and she kind of sympathised with us and, as there was no problems in the pregnancy, she let it go ahead."

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