My son was born naturally at the birthing centre 33minutes into the first lockdown which was a very stressful time for a first time mother. The staff were very supportive, my husband was able to stay with me the WHOLE time to provide me with support as we weren't allowed visitors with the level 4 status of the country. The midwives were available for questions, help and support 24/7 no matter what and even took baby for a couple of hours so we could get some sleep.
The facilities are second to none, we had our own private room with a bathroom/toilet, with the option to have waterbirth or birth wherever felt right. I can't imagine being able to do this in a hospital or at home with other family around. The food was nutritious and delicious, my first meal was AMAZING (after 36hrs vomiting during labour).
I am forever grateful to these people and for allowing me to have such a positive birthing experience. I am saddened that this service and facility which did not cost me a cent, may be unavailable to mothers in the future. A service which should be the standard of care in a hospital setting, which unfortunately is stretched to their limits and underfunded.