Lockdown Babies

Lockdown Babies

By Phillippa Guillou

Lockdown Babies shares the remarkable and heartbreaking stories of the families who had babies in the middle of a global pandemic. An OG Podcasts Production.

Episodes

Kim: “I’m sad I didn’t get the healing experience I was hoping for”

Kim had two babies during the pandemic, both very different and difficult experiences. When Kim fell pregnant for a second time, she knew from the start that she needed support for her mental health. Despite raising this at every single midwife and doctor's appointment for the entirety of her pregnancy, Kim was told repeatedly that she didn’t qualify for help. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here or follow her on Twitter. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
04/10/22·1h 3m

Natalie: “Even though we’re not in a lockdown, Covid still impacted my birth experience”

Natalie was one of the early guests on the Lockdown Babies podcast and she’s now had her second baby, 2 years on from her first. Natalie tells host Phillippa she gave birth to her second son on the kitchen floor after her labour progressed too quickly to get to the hospital! Natalie spent 5 days in hospital while baby Alby was treated for an infection and says while parts of her pregnancy and birth were “better” this time around, unfortunately she was still impacted by Covid restrictions. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
28/09/22·38m 1s

Sarah: “Had I not phoned that day, I might not be here now”

Like so many mums who had their babies during the pandemic, Sarah says she’s been left feeling angry and let down about the pregnancy, labour and birth she endured, in part, due to Covid restrictions. After a difficult and traumatic birth, she was left with Sepsis and a few weeks later blood clots in her lungs. The experience has left Sarah with PSTD and she says it’s still something that affects her day-to-day life now. Sarah and host Phillippa also talk  about feeling “stuck” in 2020 / 2021 and being unable to move forward with their lives. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here or follow her on Twitter. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
20/09/22·45m 59s

Gabrielle: “It was torturous at times”

Like many mums who had their babies during lockdown in 2020, Gabrielle was extremely anxious leading up to the birth of her baby in June 2020. She says she was pushed to a “break down” before being offered extra allowances to have her partner by her side for her induction. After a difficult labour and birth, Gabrielle’s nightmare was only just beginning. She tells host Phillippa her story of being readmitted back into hospital with feeding issues and the hellish days that followed which she says left her with PTSD. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here or follow her on Twitter. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
13/09/22·50m 12s

Birth Trauma Association: Navigating a second pregnancy after birth trauma

This week on the podcast, I’m delighted to be joined by Rachael, volunteer manager at the Birth Trauma Association. We’re exploring the topic of pregnancy after trauma, something I know lots of my listeners who had their babies in the pandemic are either going through at the moment, or hope to in the future. Rachael shares some amazing practical tips on how to arm yourself with the tools you need to be informed about your choices, advocate for yourself and prepare both mentally and physically for a second birth. You can learn more about the Birth Trauma Association here. They have Peer Supporters on hold to help anyone struggling with the impact of a traumatic birth; they can be reached on the telephone number 0203 621 6338 or at support@birthtraumaassociation.org.uk Their ‘trauma informed care’ wristbands are available for purchase here. And they have a Facebook support group if that’s useful to you. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here.
07/09/22·42m 22s

Charlotte: “It broke me down to the lowest I have ever been”

Charlotte knew going into her pregnancy that she needed support with her mental health but says it was a battle to get anyone to take her seriously. She tells host Phillippa that she found attending appointments alone extremely distressing and like many pregnant women, she was terrified of catching Covid. It wasn’t until her baby was 6 months old that Charlotte says her mental health really started to deteriorate and after fighting for the help she deserves, she says she’s doing much better now. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
31/08/22·43m 31s

Katy: “He missed her birth by literally 10 minutes”

Katy’s baby was born at 32 weeks in May 2020, at the height of the pandemic. There were no warning signs that her baby might arrive early so as you can imagine it was a total shock. Katy tells host Phillippa the story of how baby Isabelle arrived so quickly and how Covid screening meant her husband missed his daughter's birth by just a few minutes. We also hear about baby Isobelle’s month in the neonatal intensive care unit and the toll this took on Katy’s mental health. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
24/08/22·1h

Gemma: “When the baby cried, I couldn’t get to her”

Gemma gave birth to her second baby in June 2020 and says she was left unable to pick her newborn up or easily access pain relief during the 2 days she spent in hospital. She tells host Phillippa that she was left crying in pain as she waited for someone to bring her morphine after a long labour which ended in a c-section. Gemma also draws on the comparisons and differences between having a baby in 2016 vs 2020. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here.
17/08/22·31m 32s

Hannah: “I was blown away by the lack of empathy for what we were going through.”

This week on the podcast, Hannah shares her experience of having her baby in September 2020. The British Government had just launched their “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme but as you’ll hear, Hannah wasn’t allowed to have her husband with her while she was induced and laboured alone in hospital. An ordeal that lasted 33 hours.  During her pregnancy and after her baby was born, Hannah knew her mental health was deteriorating but was told by a midwife “people were dying” and she “needed to get on with it”. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here or follow her on Twitter. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
10/08/22·32m 53s

Destiny: “A Covid test was stopping us from being together.”

Destiny’s journey into motherhood was far from smooth. After a complicated pregnancy and many stressful visits to hospital, her baby was born prematurely at 30 weeks and spent the next 5 weeks fighting for his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Destiny says her son was transferred to a different hospital hours after he was born - leaving her unable to meet him for 2 days as she was forced to wait for a negative Covid test. Destiny was left with PTSD and Post-Natal Depression from the ordeal and says she believes the Covid restrictions in place in June 2020 played a huge part in her trauma. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here.
03/08/22·43m 58s

Rebecca: “No one had any definite answers”

This week on the podcast, we hear from Rebecca, another lockdown mum who was forced to be apart from her family after her second baby was born in March 2021. She tells host Phillippa that although her daughter was born a whole year after the pandemic started, “it felt as though nothing in maternity had changed since the first lockdown”. Rebecca says she was left with PTSD from the ordeal and she doesn’t understand why maternity restrictions have taken so long to be lifted. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here.
20/07/22·42m 44s

The Fatherhood Institute: “Those first few hours are really important moments”

This week on the podcast, we’re shining a light on dads. Phillippa speaks to Jeremy Davies from The Fatherhood Institute about the impact of the Covid maternity restrictions on father’s. Jeremy says dad’s have always been left out when it comes to pregnancy, birth and beyond and Covid only served to highlight this even more. He touches on what more needs to be done to include fathers in the post and perinatal period and why doing so will benefit everyone! Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here or follow her on Twitter. Follow The Fatherhood Institute on Twitter.
13/07/22·29m 51s

Daisie: “Nobody should be forced to be alone in that situation”

Like many women who had babies during lockdown, Daisie was left to look after her newborn baby in hospital for 5 days without the support of her husband and without a single visitor. Daisie says the first few days of her baby’s life were spent angry, paranoid and “planning her escape” from hospital. Daisie tells host Phillippa how she’s now using her experience of postnatal depression to help other women. Join the Lockdown Mama Community Facebook group. And follow Daisie on Instagram. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here.
06/07/22·45m 8s

Parent Infant Foundation: “We’re really cross at how the government has responded to babies during the pandemic.”

If you’re worried about how the pandemic might have affected your baby's development, this week’s episode is for you! I’m joined by Sally Hogg, Deputy CEO of the Parent Infant Foundation. We discuss the importance of the first 1001 days of a baby's life, the government’s response to babies over the past two years and the amazing work the foundation is doing to get services such as health visiting back up and running. Sally also tells me about the charity's latest campaign to mark Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, understanding early trauma. And we discuss what parents can do to ensure we set our little ones up for success from day 1. The Parent Infant Foundation works to advance thinking and practice, improve collective understanding, provide a much-needed national voice, and campaign for policy change. You can learn more about their work here. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here.
29/06/22·30m 27s

Jenna B: “I’m still angry about having that news delivered solo”

When Jenna turned up alone to her routine 20 week scan, she never could have predicted what she was about to hear. This week on the podcast Jenna tells her story of learning about her daughter’s limb difference without the support of her partner by her side and the lasting impact that moment has had on her. She also tells us how she was separated from her baby for nearly a week when her appendix burst just 3 weeks after her baby was born. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts.
22/06/22·58m 39s

Midwife Laura: “It was very difficult to see the key principles of midwifery being eroded”

Midwife Laura: “It was very difficult to see the key principles of midwifery being eroded” Laura Godfrey-Isaacs was working as a community midwife when the pandemic hit in March 2020. She shares her experience of having to adapt to ever-changing rules, the difficulties of working as a community midwife from home, plus dealing with her own personal worries following a breast cancer diagnosis. We also talk about the power of journaling throughout pregnancy and afterwards and about her brilliant resource, Maternal Journal. You can read more about Laura’s work here. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts.
15/06/22·37m 51s

Best Beginnings: “They told us they were not ok, but they were trying to cope”

This week on the podcast, I speak to Nilushka Perera and Mariana Santos da Silva from the charity Best Beginnings. The organisation works to inform and empower parents who want to maximise their children's long-term development and well-being. They’re also behind the Baby Buddy App. Nilushka and Marianna tell me about the charity's important research highlighting the issues parents faced, the lack of support for families and the inequalities in babies’ early experiences during lockdown. They also share the findings of their ‘one year on’ review which is titled 'No one wants to see my baby'. Nilushka is the Head of Evaluation Impact and Policy at Best Beginnings and also had her own baby during lockdown and Mariana is one of the Evaluation, Policy and Impact Officers who worked on this important research. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. You can learn more about Best Beginnings here. You can read more about the Babies in Lockdown Report here and Babies in Lockdown Report one year on here.
08/06/22·42m 16s

Anna: “These babies have been completely abandoned for 2 years now”

Anna gave birth to her second baby in February 2020, just weeks before all of lives were flipped upside down due to the pandemic. Anna describes how she juggled a newborn and a toddler as we were plunged into lockdown and how she fought for months to get concerns about her daughter's health taken seriously. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
01/06/22·48m 7s

Francesca: “When you take away choice, that causes lasting trauma”

This week we hear from Francesca Treadaway, mum to George and Engagement Director at the charity Birthrights. Francesca tells us how her own traumatic pandemic birth led her to a new career with Birthrights - a charity which champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights. We hear about the amazing work Birthrights did throughout the pandemic, and continue to do to support families. You can read more about Birthrights here. And follow them on Twitter here. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. Listen to Calm History on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Android. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
25/05/22·52m 28s

Natasha: “It was lonely to be in there by yourself”

Natasha tells her story of having her baby in March 2021, a year after the first lockdown but still plagued with restrictions. Natasha also shares the heartbreak of being separated from her family in Canada until her baby was 6 months old. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. You can listen to my chat with Laura from the Mother of All Solutions Podcast here or wherever you listen to your podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
18/05/22·34m 26s

Mónica: “We felt absolutely helpless and alone in an apocalyptic world”

Mónica’s daughter was born when our supermarket shelves were empty and you couldn’t buy nappies and essential supplies for your baby. She shares her struggles in the run up to her baby being born, particularly around her intense anxiety about running out of food and medicine for her family. Mónica also talks about moving back to her home country during the pandemic due to feeling so isolated and abandoned. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
11/05/22·50m 35s

Lily: “It is my human right to feed my baby and they stood in the way"

This week we hear from Lily who had severe pre-eclampsia when her baby was born in December 2020. Due to Covid restrictions, Lily was forced to be separated from her baby when he was just a few days old, something she says has resulted in lasting trauma for her and her family. Lily tells the shocking story of how her complaint to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was thrown out and how her concerns were dismissed by the hospital she was treated at. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
04/05/22·47m 41s

Polly: “I’m still coming to terms with those first few months”

Polly shares her story of being induced alone in November 2020 and her struggles during the lockdown that followed. Polly says she felt really isolated in the first months of her son’s life with no access to support from friends and family or from healthcare professionals. And she says she knows she still has some work to do to process what she went through before she considers having another baby. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
27/04/22·24m 4s

Anissa: “Everyone at that point was in fear for their life”

Anissa gave birth to her baby boy in March 2020, a matter of days after we were put into the first lockdown. She recalls her story of giving birth at such an unprecedented time, including 3 days alone in hospital without a single visitor. Anissa also talks about having a midwife appointment on her front door step and feeling a lack of support in the first year of her son’s life. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
20/04/22·30m 8s

Natalie: “You just felt so helpless”

Natalie is about to have her second baby two years on from the birth of her ‘Lockdown Baby’. She reflects on her experience last time and says she hopes lessons have been learnt.  Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. This podcast is produced by OG Podcasts. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
13/04/22·30m 22s

Amy: "It was my worst nightmare come true doing it by myself"

Amy O'Connor spent hours alone in active labour before her husband was allowed to be by her side for the birth of their son. Whilst Amy says she has now come to terms with how her baby came into the world, she's angry that Covid is still affecting how she wants to parent and is frustrated by a lack of access to in-person healthcare for her now 1 year-old. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
06/04/22·31m 54s

Grace: “How did we get through it?”

In this week’s episode, we hear from Grace who was forced to live apart from her husband for some of her pregnancy as he worked on the NHS front lines in a Covid intensive care ward. Grace, who's a nurse, also talks about the lack of support she feels she was given postpartum.  Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
30/03/22·28m 35s

Fae: “I don't think they thought twice about women giving birth”

This week we hear from Fae who reflects on some of the positives of having her baby in lockdown. Whilst Fae says she’s angry that some women were forced to labour and give birth alone, she’s grateful her family was able to enjoy the newborn bubble together without tons of visitors. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
23/03/22·41m 18s

Sam: “It’s almost barbaric actually”

Sam says her birth experience was wonderful and she can’t fault the care she received from her midwives but she says she felt totally abandoned after her baby was born and was failing to gain weight. Sam says health visitors didn’t take her concerns seriously, something she blames covid restrictions for. Sam also talks about the impact having a baby during the pandemic has had on her husband. Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics we’ve raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
16/03/22·34m 31s

Jenna: “Just to have someone to hold your hand would have made the world of difference”

Jenna Topham shares her story of being separated from family during her pregnancy and after her daughter was born. She also talks about the lasting impact spending two weeks alone in hospital has had on her and her family.  Your host is Phillippa Guillou, a journalist and radio presenter whose own baby was born at the height of the pandemic. You can get in touch with Phillippa here. If you’ve struggled with any of the topics raised in today’s episode, please see the links below for help and support. Birth Trauma Association - https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/ Pandas Foundation - https://pandasfoundation.org.uk/what-is-pnd/birth-trauma/ MIND - https://bit.ly/35Lbaos NHS Report into babies born in lockdown - https://bit.ly/3tQuit4
16/03/22·26m 34s

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It's been 2 years since pregnant women across England were ordered to stay at home and to isolate as an unknown virus turned all of our lives upside down. The weeks and months that followed saw expectant mothers give birth alone, tiny newborns shut away from the world and many families left without adequate postpartum care - all while our healthcare system did it’s best to keep us safe. I'm Phillippa Guillou and I’ve been documenting the remarkable and at times heartbreaking stories of the families who welcomed their little ones in the middle of a global pandemic. Join me as I share the stories of the ‘Lockdown Babies’. You can get in touch with me here.
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