North-East Labour MSP Jenny Marra has thanked NHS staff for their “superb care” after she gave birth during the coronavirus lockdown this week.
The Dundee-born politician had her second son at Ninewells Hospital, where she spent three days.
On Friday she posted on Twitter saying: “Getting ready to leave Ninewells maternity ward this morning with second son after three days superb care from incredible, loving and brave NHS Tayside staff.”
— Jenny Marra (@JennyMarra) April 3, 2020
The post has 1,500 likes and “Congratulations Jenny” is trending on the social media site in the UK.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought changes to how maternity services operate in Dundee, with many new mums taking to the Birth in Dundee Facebook page to thank Ninewells staff for going above and beyond during the crisis.
Women who were due to give birth in the Arbroath and Perth midwife-led maternity units, as well as those planning home births, are now being sent to the maternity unit at Ninewells Hospital.
Partners and relatives are unable to accompany women to scans and antenatal appointments or visit the postnatal ward to decrease the risk of infection.
Some community midwives are carrying out antenatal checks at women’s homes, while others are continuing to hold clinics at GP surgeries which are otherwise shut to the public.