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Monday, April 27, 2020

Newsreader Sarah-Jane Mee changes birth plans due to hospital coronavirus fears

Sarah-Jane Mee has said she is planning to have a home birth because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 41-year-old Sky News presenter said that she did not want to go to hospital in case Covid-19 restrictions meant that she could not have her fiancé by her side.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Sarah-Jane said that she wanted to make sure that Ben Richardson could remain with her and she was not planning on going into hospital alone.

She said: "I don't want to be walking into hospital on my own to have this baby, so I am considering a home birth.

"I have an amazing midwife and I've been using this incredible hypnobirthing teacher caller Katharine Graves, and they have been getting my head together.

"I had never considered it before but, because of everything that's going on, it makes me feel more relaxed to think about having the baby at home, rather than Ben not being able to come into the ward until the very final moment.

"I think my plan A now is a home birth."

Sarah-Jane said that she has had an uncomplicated pregnancy and is in good health so there is "no reason" for her not to consider having a home birth.She added that her "life literally changed in a couple of minutes" when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures as her pregnancy put her in "the vulnerable category".

However she said that going outside for a daily walk has helped her get her "head straight" and she is now "trying to find the positives", which include the slower pace of life and spending more time with her fiancé.

Sarah-Jane added: "I have been concentrating on that and it has really helped."

"We have spent quality time together, when else would we go for an hour's walk together every day?

"It's weird but we're also finding the beauty in it: the Thames has never been so still, there are ducks and you can hear birdsong.

"It's really calm and really nice."

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