Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk 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.