November 12, 2021

Where Has the Pandemic Left Pregnant People?

Megan McCorquodale

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PoetryPregnancy, Labour and Birth in Lockdown, 2021

In Scotland, during the pandemic, everything was restricted. Some of the most intense restrictions surrounded the National Health Service (NHS). For good reason, these restrictions aimed to protect the vulnerable, such as pregnant people, who were at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to a weaker immune system and its fatality for the pregnant person and their unborn child. I found out that I was pregnant during the second lockdown. It was mandatory that I attended every appointment other than my 12 and 20 week scans alone. There were no ante-natal classes. As I watched the government ease restrictions everywhere else, I had my first contractions in a ward alone due to the limited visiting hours. Luckily for me, my pregnancy and birth went smoothly. It is unfathomable to me how some people had to attend appointments alone to be given bad news. The trauma of these restrictions as well as the fear of COVID-19’s potential effect on my baby while the rest of the world seemed to return to normal, has followed me through pregnancy and postpartum. I want my work to encourage the important discussion of where the pandemic has left pregnant people?