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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Birth: You are stronger than you think?

The coronavirus crisis is throwing many pregnant women's birth plans up in the air and leading some health trusts to increase home births.

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The image captured hearts on social media 10 days ago. Faolán, Gaelic for "little wolf", was born in Drogheda in Ireland on Saturday 14 March and a few days later his grandfather dropped round to see him - through the window. He stayed for 10 minutes, gazing at his first grandchild.
It was hard to have a family so close and yet separated by a pane of glass when they wanted more than anything to hold Faolán, says his mother, Emma Dillon Gallagher, who went into labour before Ireland's lockdown and emerged from the hospital into a different world.
Like parents of newborns in the UK, Emma and her husband Mìcheál then self-isolated for 14 days, while visiting family members took turns at the window. A tweet of the photograph above, with the caption "three generations of social distancing", has since collected nearly 730,000 likes.
But this is just one of many changes brought about by the arrival of the coronavirus.

For some pregnant women it has opened up the prospect of having to give birth alone, or of being unable to have the Caesarean section they were hoping for. For others, it's a case of not being able to have the baby in a midwife-led birth centre, but in a hospital instead - or even at home.
While some health trusts are clamping down on home births because of the virus, others are planning to deliver babies this way whenever it's medically safe.
Nikki Dennett-Thorpe gave birth to baby Stanley a few days after Emma Dillon Gallagher, on 19 March - the day before all UK schools and nurseries were closed indefinitely. She needed a Caesarean section, so when she developed a persistent cough her hospital in Eastbourne suddenly had to make special arrangements.
She waited in an isolation room, ready in her hospital gown and compression socks as the staff tried to find an operating theatre which wouldn't be needed immediately afterwards - allowing time for it to be decontaminated before the next patient.
Nikki worried that her son's first sight of the world would be disturbing. "I thought when Stanley comes out he is going to be faced with mummy and daddy with surgical masks on," she says.
But in the end, the consultant decided it would be safe to postpone the Caesarean section for 24 hours, while Nikki was tested for coronavirus - and fortunately, she got the all-clear
Nikki and her husband then went into isolation for 14 days, with Stanley and their toddler. Like Faolán during his isolation, Stanley has yet to be introduced to the wider family.
Women who have chosen to have a Caesarean section when it isn't a medical necessity - because they are anxious about natural birth, for example - are in some cases being told that it may have to be delayed, or even cancelled, says the charity Birthright.
One woman who called the group said she'd been told she would have to wait and see if there was the capacity to have a C-Section on the day and may have to have an induction instead.

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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says "pregnant women do not appear to be more likely to be seriously unwell than other healthy adults if they develop the new coronavirus".
There is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage if a pregnant woman becomes infected, according to the RCOG, and "given current evidence, it is considered unlikely that if you have the virus it would cause problems with the baby's development".
It adds: "In all reported cases of newborn babies developing coronavirus very soon after birth, the baby was well.

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