Birth Diaries

Nine women tell HuffPost UK what it was like to give birth during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Birth Diaries: "My midwife and I were holding hands doing squats together. It was like a workout!"
Birth Diaries: "When my daughter came out, I was exhausted. I felt like I was having an out of body experience."
Birth Diaries: "I’ve been in midwifery for over a decade, so I’ve seen a lot. Beautiful births, peaceful births at home, all the way to very traumatic births."
Birth Diaries: 'It’s exactly what I didn’t want, but the whole team was so calm and reassuring. I had an all-female team in theatre!'
Birth Diaries: 'I went into labour early – at six months, 27 weeks and four days to be precise.'
Birth Diaries: "I had a pill up my bum, three drips from each arm, and my adrenaline was high."
Birth Diaries: "My head was killing me. I’d stayed in hospital that night and it was unbearable the next day."
Birth Diaries: "Despite all my research, I still had a birth I didn’t know could happen."
Birth Diaries: "With IVF, they tell you there’s an increased risk of having a stillbirth – and I couldn’t get that out of my head."