Kim, a second-time mum, had her baby by caesarean section the Thursday before New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown, by which time her hospital already had a ‘one support person only’ policy in place.
She chose to go home two days after giving birth, due to lack of support in the post-natal ward as her husband was not allowed to stay with her.
Kim says overall the hospital did well under the circumstances - communication was good and she was kept well-informed.
Another second-time mum, Emily, had a home birth at the beginning of March, so her labour was not impacted by the pandemic.
Her post-natal care looked quite different, however, with Plunket conducting the baby’s check-ups by phone.
She was happy for this for herself but wonders if it would have been better for the calls to have been video chats as it’s easier to hide how you’re feeling when you can’t be seen.