The build up

If we learnt anything from Harper and Drew's prank war this week, it's never joke about something as serious as going into labour. 

In classic Drew and Harper fashion, the couple had started a war over whether their child was going to be born at home or in a hospital.

To wind Drew up, Harper said she was considering a home birth. But Drew figured out she was joking and decided to play a prank on her.

Hiring a home birthing pool and setting it up in their living room, Drew proceeded to dive in and try it out. 

He also asked Leanne over to fix their ‘tranquillity emergency’ with crystals and reiki massage.

But Harper then called Drew’s bluff and got in the pool, saying she was convinced a home birth was the best option. 

Minutes later she said her water had broken and pretended to give birth to a rubber ducky - a joke which came back to haunt her. 

The birth

When Harper really did go into labour, Drew was having none of it. He was convinced she was faking again.

But things really moved fast! So Boyd was forced to deliver Drew's child in their home, despite neither actually wanting a home birth. 

Drew returned home minutes after and saw his new baby in Harper’s arms for the first time. 

In the chaos of the moment, no-one had noticed that the baby was intersex.

Wanting a non-gendered name, the couple decided the perfect fit was Billy - a name they had both liked. 

Harper made Nicole Billy’s godmother, telling her, “I’m so in love”.

What is Intersex?

Intersex is an umbrella term that has been in use for the last 60 years. It includes over 30 conditions where the sexual anatomy or the chromosomes are not the standard male or female.

-Previously the term hermaphrodite was in common use and there is still a lot of controversy about the preferred terminology. Some professionals prefer the term Disorders of Sex Development (DSD).

-The incidence of intersex is at least 1 in 2000 births.

-Conditions where there are chromosomal differences from the usual 46XX or 46XY: Klinefelter’s Syndrome 47XXY, Turner’s Syndrome 45X0.

-Conditions where there are hormonal differences: Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS).

Source: ITANZ – Intersex Awareness New Zealand

Aaron Jackson as Hayden

Did you know?

Billy is played by Shortland Street’s youngest actor Arlo Jackson. 

He is the real-life child of Aaron Jackson, who played former Shorty villain Hayden.

Looks like acting runs in the Jackson family!


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