The pandemic has changed so many aspects of our lives, from family relationships to work dynamics to schooling and more... but one aspect that it has really disrupted is pregnancy, birth and the early months of raising babies.
How are parents coping when their support networks have been removed?
Women are giving birth in isolation, fathers are unable to be there at the critical moments, family and friends can't gush over the new baby and bring over those much needed meals.
Parent24 invited new moms to share their experience of the pandemic as they navigated pregnancy. birth and the early days of motherhood in the Covid-19 lockdown.
Here young single mom, and essential worker, Gabriella talks openly about how the events of 2020 impacted her pregnancy journey.
"My biggest fear through my pregnancy was that: I didn't want to labour alone... I didn't want to do it by myself," she tells us.
"Covid did take away a lot of the joyous parts of my pregnancy," she adds, but also says that she did value the time alone after the birth, to bond.
"It was so, so important," she says, to spend that time unbothered by visitors.
Listen to her full story here.
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