Exploring the challenges of becoming a parent in Coventry during the Covid-19 pandemic
Having a baby is extremely emotionally and physically demanding. The experience was worsened by the huge disruption to society, health services and support networks caused by Covid-19.
People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, partly because they are more likely to live in deprived areas. Women from deprived areas and/or from Black or Asian ethnic groups also have higher rates of maternal morbidity and mortality.
This project captured the experiences of new parents from Black and Asian backgrounds, who live in Coventry and who experienced pregnancy and childbirth during the pandemic. It ran in collaboration with MAMTA (Child & Maternal Health Programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women in Coventry).
Researchers spoke with twelve new mothers who live in Coventry and had babies during the pandemic. The themes discussed included the challenges of becoming a parent during the pandemic, experiences of peer, healthcare and community support, and unexpected positives that have come out of the pandemic.
Conversations were used to create a video (below) to represent the experiences that they shared. The video aims to open up discussion around the challenges of becoming new parents during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to help increase engagement with peers and health care providers. The work is also being written up for publication.
Researchers anticipate that the findings will inform a subsequent application for funding to undertake a more substantial piece of research.