Baby boom for school teachers

A REMARKABLE sequence of pregnancies and births has left teachers at a small Suffolk school wondering whether there might be something in the water.

John Howard

A REMARKABLE sequence of pregnancies and births has left teachers at a small Suffolk school wondering whether there might be something in the water.

Staff at the Abbot's Hall Primary School, in Stowmarket, could not believe it as first one, two, three and then four young teachers - out of a total of 10 - announced they had all fallen pregnant in quick succession.

And now they have all gone on to have beautiful baby boys, including twins Oscar and Ben for teacher Emily Eardley.

Mrs Eardley, 28, who is married to James and lives at Gislingham, near Eye, said: “It was just such a surprise having one announcement after another.

“Lisa announced her news first, then a few weeks later I did, followed by Anna and a few weeks after her, Helen.

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“We have all met up and are so pleased. Perhaps there is something in the water.”

Mrs Eardley gave birth on October 11 last year at Ipswich Hospital.

Her twin boys spent five weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit as they gained in strength.

Lisa Tweed and her husband Adrian, both 32 and from Bury St Edmunds, were also thrilled when little Albert arrived August last year.

Mrs Tweed said: “I was surprised that for such a little school that so many babies came along in such a short time.”

Anna Dawson, 33, who lives in Stowmarket with her husband Peter, had her baby boy Fred on June 20 this year.

She said: “It was a bit of a surprise us all having boys, it is quite unusual.

“We now have a little posse of lads.”

Helen Brown, 29, from Stowmarket, married to Jamie, said people had been speculating that she would break the run of boys, but Jack was born on August 7 this year completing the run.

There are only about ten teachers at the school anyway and with four needing maternity leave, headteacher Debbie Knight made sure they had long-term maternity cover to ensure the children's education was not disrupted.

And the new tots have even proved an inspiration to the pupils, as the proud mums start to bring them into school to show the youngsters how babies start off in life.

And they will bring them in at key stages in their development so the students can see them change before their eyes.

Mrs Knight said: “I am so pleased that the mums and their children are doing well and it has been great to have the babies in and visiting us.”

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