Having a baby and becoming a mum is an incredible, life-changing event.

For many women, uncertainty and fears about the Covid-19 pandemic can trigger worry about pregnancy, giving birth and becoming a mum - and many women will have questions about how the pandemic affects their choices and hopes.

For many babies, their parents will provide them with the emotional support and care needed during this unsettling time. But some parents will find it hard to give their babies and children the care that they need.  This section covers key topics including preparing for birth, becoming a parent, and bonding with baby.

Worries about pregnancy and giving birth during the Covid-19 pandemic

Getting ready to give birth during a pandemic can exaggerate normal feelings and create new challenges.

In this video, clinical psychologists Dr Libby Chamberlain and Dr Anna Lovatt, describe some of the key challenges facing women as well as health care professionals. Libby and Anna describe key aspects of ‘trauma-informed care’ and share ideas about how you can support women who are preparing to give birth.

Supporting mum in the transition to motherhood

Research carried out before the pandemic showed that over 80 per cent of mums feel lonely some of the time. Under normal circumstances, sharing experiences and being supported by family and friends can help mums in their journey to motherhood. In this video, clinical psychologists Dr Libby Chamberlain and Dr Anna Lovatt, outline key challenges facing mums and share ideas about how you can help mum to develop her support network and develop ways of coping with feelings.

Parent/baby relationships in a pandemic

Many mums are worried about being at home with limited support or contact with others, and the impact this might have on their baby’s development. We are all seeing how living through the pandemic is impacting mums and families confidence. 

In this video, clinical psychologists Dr Anna Lovatt and Dr Libby Chamberlain, remind us that one of the most important things for a baby’s development is their interactions with their parent(s). 

Resources

Keeping the baby in mind during a pandemic - FAQs for Perinatal Clinicians, Cheshire and Merseyside Specialist Perinatal Service: 

This guide is written for Specialist Perinatal Mental Health clinicians but may also be useful for midwives, health visitors, and other front-line practitioners. 

Emotional survival for infants and their parents – a factsheet for parents, Association for Infant Mental Health UK: 

Children need their parents to be calm and sensitive to their needs. This is not easy when we are all stressed. Here are some tips on how children may be feeling, why they might be behaving differently, and what parents can do to help.