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Coronavirus: Pregnancy during lockdown

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Parents across the Channel Islands are facing changes to appointments, antenatal classes and birthing plans, leaving some feeling increasingly anxious.

With the islands in lockdown, the prospect of giving birth without their partner is something women are having to come to terms with.

Those who are pregnant are classed as vulnerable to Covid-19 and have been advised to follow strict stay at home guidance and may only leave the home to shop for necessities, for daily exercise or for medical reasons.

ITV's Jessica Tidswell has been speaking to three women going through the experience.

Third-time mum Sarah Manning tested positive for the virus, just days before giving birth.

It meant her partner had to self-isolate and was not allowed to be there for the birth of their child Rocco.

She described the team on Jersey's midwifery unit as "amazing".

Credit: Sarah Manning

My birth couldn't have gone any better, even though I didn't have Graeme with me, honestly I can look back one day and think my labour was amazing.

There was a midwife always in the room with me so, I was never ever alone, and they were there to hold my hand, or if I ever just wanted a general chat, we spoke about their kids, their home life, so yeah I never once felt alone. It was a really nice experience actually.

– Sarah Manning

For first time mum Melinda Tidy, pregnancy won't quite be the experience she had hoped for.

Melinda will now have her 20-week scan alone as partners are no longer allowed to attend appointments.

Melinda says she was Credit: Melinda Tidy

I had a scan the other day which I had to go in on my own because my partner wasn't allowed, we have another scan at 20 weeks and again my husband won't be able to come in either which is sad for both myself and my husband, because it's a moment you want to share together.

– Melinda Tidy

Kelly Wild from Guernsey, who has just given birth, says she will miss the visits from friends and family.

It does take a little bit of the joy out of it, not being able to have my parents, my husband's parents come spend time with us straight away - and the new baby. It's going to be difficult not visiting family, and having people visit us, but we're trying to look at the positives that it will hopefully get us a bit more adjusted to a family of four life.

– Kelly Wild

Kelly had a little boy on Saturday night.

Baby Theo and mum are doing well and are now safely at home.

Credit: Kelly Wild

Pregnant women and their partners across the Channel Islands are being reassured that advice and support is still available.

Hospitals and maternity services are adjusting the way they operate with ongoing training to ensure high safety standards are met.

Consultant and the Joint Head of Women, Children and Family Care, Dr Nelson is telling mothers-to-be they are doing everything they possibly can.

Just pick up the phone and can call your midwife or health worker if you have any concerns.

– Dr Fiona Nelson, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Jersey

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