Cheryl McAulay-Wainwright

A woman, currently pregnant with her second child, has described feeling “isolated and housebound” during the pandemic.

Cheryl McAulay-Wainwright from Leicester compared her experience this time round with that of her last pregnancy: “I’ve found being pregnant in a pandemic quite lonely,” she explained.

“I haven’t been able to meet other mums at antenatal classes which is something I enjoyed in my previous pregnancy.”

“After the birth they can only have a visit one hour a day until they are discharged”
Elizabeth Ephgrave, midwife

Elizabeth Ephgrave, a midwife, explained what changes the NHS has put in place: “There are less face-to-face appointments with a midwife and birth partners are only allowed when in active labour.”

She continued: “After the birth they can only have a visit one hour a day until they are discharged.”