Childbirth

Giving birth during the coronavirus lockdown

Delivering a baby in a ward opposite Central Park's field hospital for Covid-19 patients
Brooke Young Russell describes delivering her baby in a ward opposite Central Park's field hospital for Covid-19 patients, and how the pandemic is adding to the sense of isolation she feels as a mother of a young child. 

Photo: Brooke Young Russell with her new baby, courtesy of Brooke Young Russell

Health visitors are 'open for business'

Mornings with Kaye Adams

BBC Radio Scotland

New baby
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Health visitor Jane tells Kaye Adams that she is still working and able to visit new mothers at home during the coronavirus crisis.

She said some working practices had changed, but that she was carrying out home visits within 10-14 days of a new baby, following up on feeding issues and checking in after six weeks to see how the mother was coping.

"Anybody with a child under five can still contact their health visitor. I've been doing a lot of phone support for people. I've been on the phone for an hour-and-a-half to some mums," she said.