Baby Beatrice Born in Lockdown 2020
"It was an uncertain time in the final weeks leading up to Beatrice's birth. Listening to the news throughout the days, the world seemed pretty grim and I was anxious about bringing new life into a climate of threat and fear. Harrogate hospital had also issued guidelines to state birthing partners were allowed, but could only join once labour was established. My first daughter arrived after a quick labour and I was genuinely concerned my husband who would be travelling from Ripon might not get there in time.
As it turned out, I was induced and Beatrice's birth was a somewhat drawn out process. It was incredibly strange being told my husband was not able to step onto the ward, so he left me at the door of the ward with my bags. I had become accustomed to seeing the medical staff in full PPE equipment but it did strike me as odd that I couldn't fully see what they looked like! The midwives and doctors were absolutely amazing and did everything they could to ensure I felt supported. My husband was by my side for the birth and Beatrice Grace came into the world on 16th April.
Since Beatrice's arrival, I have actually experienced the lockdown as a positive thing. It has enabled us to adapt as a family to Beatrice's arrival. I was also able to spend the initial two weeks in our bedroom feeding, winding, cuddling and savouring every moment of the gorgeous new-born days. I didn't have to get dressed if I didn't want to, the house didn't need to look immaculate and we didn't have to face a stream of visitors. It took an awful lot of pressure off.
The opportunity to have some baby pictures with Charlotte was just brilliant. I just didn't think it would be possible to have any professional photographs done so was overjoyed to find this wasn't the case. As soon as I made contact with Charlotte, I found her to be personable and friendly. She made us feel so comfortable during the shoot and even suggested we call her back once I had fed Beatrice again as she just wasn't settling. We are ever so grateful to her." - Gemma
Being a newborn photographer in Yorkshire it broke my heart that these memories could not be captured in the first weeks. I started this personal project through Zoom to document the feelings new parents are having and spread smiles on the way.
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