Wiggle on ‘scary’ birth of twins
PURPLE Wiggle Lachy Gillespie and his partner Dana Stephensen have revealed the 'scary' birth of their twins during the peak of COVID-19.
The then Victorian-based Stephensen, a dancer with the Australian Ballet, was due to give birth in Melbourne late last year in the midst of the state's harsh lockdown.
Gillespie was based in Sydney and travelling between cities to see Stephensen but as the pandemic worsened, they were forced to take change plans.
They feared Stephensen would be cut-off and isolated from loved ones if left in Melbourne so they made a last-minute decision to flee for the safety of Queensland, where both of their families live.
The pair braved the two-week quarantine in Brisbane when Stephensen was 32-34 weeks pregnant.
"It was looking pretty scary … it was quite stressful," Gillespie told The Courier-Mail.
"The plan was to have them there (in Victoria) … but as things worsened and the lockdown came in, we knew our families wouldn't be able to travel from Brisbane and we wouldn't have that support.
"It was a big decision to have the babies in Brisbane but it made sense."
In September, the couple welcomed healthy baby girls, Lulu and Lottie, at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.
The twins were premature, born at 36.5 weeks and weighing 2.2kg.
Gillespie said he was overwhelmed with joy during the birth experience.
"I was expecting a huge theatre room with lights, I had no idea what would happen," he recalls.
"When we got into the little suite, we were 20 minutes in and I realised we were in the room the babies were going to be born in, it was so intimate and amazing.
"I was right by Dana's shoulder, it was so beautiful."
Stephensen and Gillespie are staying in Brisbane for the meantime with their families by their side to help with the twins, who the singer says are doing very well.
"They're growing and starting to smile and chatter," he said.
"Dana has done the most incredible job.
Alongside Stephensen's son to a previous relationship, Jasper, 4, Gillespie has loved diving headfirst into fatherhood.
"Jasper is so beautiful with the girls, he's a great age and he helps out in ways he can," he says.
"It's been a really nice time to watch that, he wants to hold them all the time."
It's set to be a busy year for Gillespie and The Wiggles as they tour the country celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band.
Originally published as The Wiggles Lachlan Gillespie on 'scary' birth of twins during COVID