Birthing a Nation: Pregnancy & The Pandemic is a 10 part series that explores the human stories behind the extraordinary impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on maternity care in Ireland. Each and every woman who has given birth in this period has been affected – from those who have suffered alone when losing a baby to those who had a so-called “normal” delivery but without the advocacy and support of their partner.
Birthing A Nation: Pregnancy & The Pandemic will shine a spotlight on the challenges faced by expectant parents in Ireland today while also following Sue Murphy’s journey, as she brings us inside the system and opens up about her experience as her due date approaches.
Each episode Sue and her co-hosts Suzanne Kane and Alison Curtis will hear from a different guest who has been impacted in some way by the maternity care restrictions.
These contributors are real people from across Ireland and include women who have experienced a miscarriage, faced a challenging IVF process or a C-section. We'll also hear from the partners and healthcare workers who have fought the uphill battle of supporting women in the most vulnerable of circumstances at the most challenging time.
Birthing A Nation launches 25th September on GoLoud.
Pregnancy & The Pandemic: Natalie's Story
Our guest today is actor and activist Natalie Britton. Natalie shares her experience within the maternal healthcare system in 2020, why she became involved in the better maternity care movement and her hopes for a better future for Irish women.
UPDATE: In light of developments this week, this episode includes a brief intro from Linda Kelly detailing the new visitor guidelines for all hospitals.
Pregnancy & The Pandemic: Amy's Story
Our 4th guest in the series is actually the first we recorded and the very woman who first inspired us to make the podcast. Amy De Bhrún is an actor, writer and now an accidental activist. In this episode we speak to her both before and after the birth of her second child.
Pregnancy & The Pandemic: James's Story
Our guest for episode 3 is James Keating, who tells us about his experience of the birth of his first child during the pandemic, and the strain he and his wife were under as they were kept apart for much of the journey, which at times became very tough for both.
Host Sue Murphy also talks to Linda Kelly of Women Ascend about this week's March for Maternity.
Pregnancy & The Pandemic: Maura's Story
Our guest for episode 2 is Maura McElhone (@maurawrites). The author welcomed her first child during lockdown and she shares the loneliness, isolation and fear that she suffered. She also highlights what couples lose out on by not being allowed go through this process together.
Hosts Sue Murphy, Alison Curtis and Suzanne Kane discuss. With expert feedback provided by Linda Kelly of Women Ascend.
Pregnancy & The Pandemic: Emma’s Story
Our guest for this episode is Emma Carroll [@emmabeecee] who is one of the people behind InOurShoes_CovidPregnancy.
Emma lost her baby only 3 weeks ago and despite it being such a recent loss she came on to speak about it with us.
For parts of this episode listener discretion is advised - do consider whether discussion of miscarriage, baby loss or traumatic delivery might be upsetting to you.
If you’d like to stay with us but feel this content might be triggering for you, Emma’s story of the loss of her baby runs from 14.02-37.00.
Pregnancy & The Pandemic: Trailer
Coming soon to GoLoud: This 10 part series explores the human stories behind the extraordinary impact that the COVID 19 pandemic has had on maternity care in Ireland. Each week, Alison Curtis and Suzanne Kane will join Sue Murphy as she brings us inside the system and shares her journey as her due date approaches in real time.