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Lockdown babies - Children's Commissioner Briefing

Last updated by on Thursday, May 14, 2020


76,000 babies will already have been born during lockdown.

While coronavirus will add to the challenges new parents face, many will respond in innovative ways – introducing grandparents over Zoom, or having virtual meet-ups with friends. For some families, however, the new pressure that the arrival of a baby can bring – on relationships, finances, and mental health – can push them into crisis. 

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a briefing paper looking at the wellbeing of babies born during lockdown, and their families access to services and support. The briefing points out that the usual ways to identify if a family is struggling have become far more limited during the coronavirus crisis and expresses concern that the health needs of babies might be going unnoticed during lockdown.