Nova radio star Fitzy tells of ‘really tough’ decision after unborn baby given spina bifida diagnosis

Radio star Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and his wife Belinda ‘BJ’ Irons have shared the “tough” decision they made after learning their unborn child had severe spina bifida.

In 2008, the couple had a decision to make about whether to spend time with their child, a choice about which Fitzgerald was initially reluctant.

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Fitzgerald, 45, and Irons shared their story on the Separate Bathrooms podcast with Cameron and Alison Daddo.

Looking back on their first pregnancy, Fitzgerald shared that their daughter “was a severe case, so she wouldn’t have lasted too long, so we had to make a decision”.

“It was a really tough one as well. And the one thing that I do remember is that I thought, ‘Oh, this could break us, Like, this is pretty full on’,” the NOVA FM host said.

Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and his wife Belinda ‘BJ’ Irons. Credit: Instagram

They added that, at the time, their doctor recommended waiting until the baby was born and spending some time with their child.

“The doctor said, ‘My advice is that you give birth, and I think you should have the child and spend some time with the child’,” Fitzgerald said.

“And I instantly went, ‘No, no way. I’m not letting BJ, this will really affect her. I’m not letting you do that’.”

Eventually, the couple chose to go through with the birth and then said their goodbyes.

Fitzgerald said the time with their daughter “was a moment just to say thank you”.

“We spent a bit of time with her… And we said our goodbye. And it was really emotional,” he said.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Belinda Irons and their two sons. Credit: Instagram

“And you know what, it really brought us so much closer together. Yeah, it was an amazing day.”

Reflecting on the day, Irons said the baby, who they named Cayley-Jay, “fit in her hand”.

“I remember when she came out, and she was just like a little doll, she was perfect, like, she had fingernails and little lips,” she recalled.

“I remember just touching her little lips. And I was like, Oh my gosh, there’s a little tongue in there as well.”

“[Cayley-Jay] had this new really big open wound up her back.

“And I remember that, to me, I was thinking that that’s a sign that we’ve done the right thing.

“It was tough.”

‘One in three women’

Fitzgerald and Irons shared details of their conversation the night after saying goodbye to Cayley-Jay – discussing what they were going to tell people.

“I remember we sat home that night and we’re like, do we just say we had a miscarriage?” Irons said.

“And we were like, yeah, and then the next day I woke up I was like, ‘I can’t’.

“I don’t want to be sitting here today talking about a miscarriage, when she was here for a reason.

“And this does happen. It happens. One in three women you know, and it’s okay.

“It was our decision. It wasn’t yours. It wasn’t mum’s. And we made that together.”

The following year, the couple fell pregnant again, giving birth to a son Hewston, now 12, and later welcomed another son named Lennox, nine.

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