A matter of life and death as Geoffrey beats coronavirus to meet grandson

A matter of life and death as Geoffrey beats coronavirus to meet grandson

Alexander was born in Antrim Area Hospital on Sunday, April 19 and his mother Emma spoke to The Chronicle about giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jonathan McNabb

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A COLERAINE woman has praised the staff and midwives at Antrim Area Hospital after giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic.

Emma Howard and her partner Mark McKillop welcomed young Alexander into the world on Sunday, April 19.

Speaking to The Chronicle, the 21-year-old explained that it was ‘a little bit weird’ going for scans before and after the lockdown was introduced.

“When I found out I was pregnant, Mark and I were obviously delighted and excited for what laid ahead,” she said.

“However, once the lockdown was introduced in March, I stayed in the house and didn’t have any interaction with other people to be safe and follow the guidelines.

“I’d never had a baby before Alexander, so I can’t compare what it’s like giving birth during the pandemic or before it, and to be honest, I think that probably worked in my favour.

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