Sky News presenter Sarah Jane Mee has demonstrated how having a baby has altered the way she responds to hard-hitting news reports.
The news anchor, 43, from East Sussex, has told how her life has totally changed since she turned 40, going from single and carefree, to engaged and a stepmother to her partner Ben Richardson’s eight-year-old son Teddy, and that the most significant shift was welcoming their daughter Rae, 1, during the lockdown, with Sarah-Jane admitting that she walked out of the studio crying as reports broke revealing footage of a newborn baby being given to Marines over a barbed wired wall by her frantic parents amid the messy US withdrawal in Afghanistan in August.
Talking to a newspaper outlet, Sarah-Jane said that the separation was easier before she became a mum.
She said that she returned from maternity leave just as the Afghanistan withdrawal story broke and that image of a baby being given over the barbed wire to soldiers would torment her permanently and that she had to walk out of the studio when that report was playing because she was crying.
She said that she had to admit that she would have laughed if someone had told her three years ago that she would move to the country, become engaged and welcome a little girl all within three years.
The presenter was introduced to branding agency founder Ben, 42, at a party thrown by mutual friend Autumn Phillips, the ex-wife of Princess Anne’s son Peter, and Sarah-Jane said that having a baby during lockdown had its ups and downs, admitting that having her partner Ben home meant she didn’t feel so isolated during the lockdown and made baby Rae’s first year about mum and dad equally.
However, it also made social media trolls more ruthless than before, with Sarah-Jane admitting that cruel jibes about baby weight bothered her.
She said that when she went back to work after having Rae, social media was overwhelmingly positive but there was one comment that noted her weight. One comment out of hundreds, but that was the one she remembered.
She replied by saying that she had no excuses, but that it wasn’t baby weight, it was lockdown weight and she was sure they had a bit of that too, and she said that she didn’t want them to know it had affected her, but that it did and that she was having such a good day and then one person said the wrong thing, but that you remember that one person and that they would probably never walk up to your face and say it.
I think the main thing here is that the baby was given over to the soldiers where it will be safe and that’s all that matters, although the parents would have been distraught and parents never get over losing a child, for whatever reason it might be. It might get easier as time goes on, but those parents will never forget.