Being pregnant or caring for a baby while living under coronavirus restrictions is more challenging than ever before.
Many of the usual support options for expecting and new parents are currently not available, while many other services are only offered over the phone or via a video chat or other online platforms. While some services are still offered face to face, there have been a number of changes to medical services like antenatal and postnatal check-ups and child and family services.
More importantly, COVID-19 restrictions – even though they are easing in many places – are isolating us from our close supports like family members, friends and new parent groups. Many expecting and new mums calling PANDA’s National Helpline during the coronavirus pandemic have been telling us they feel isolated and anxious. Some callers have reported a feeling of being trapped within the four walls of their own homes. Some have even been telling us they feel unsafe, or worried about the safety of their babies or other children.