Becoming a mother; learning to nurture a baby

My husband Tim and I welcomed a healthy baby boy to the world at the end of May in Broken Hill in far west New South Wales. We named him Bryan James Andrew Waite after my husband’s grandfather. We arrived in Broken Hill when I was 30 weeks pregnant and within a week of arriving the first shutdown restrictions began because of COVID-19. Antenatal classes … Continue reading Becoming a mother; learning to nurture a baby

Supporting pregnant women and their partners is an essential service

It’s 2am and I can’t sleep. I’ve been awake for the last two hours feeling anxious about my pregnancy. I’m 35 weeks as of today, 18 April 2020. We arrived in Broken Hill five weeks ago – on the 12 March – and it was the 13 March that Prime Minister Scott Morrison began announcing social distancing laws. First it was banning gatherings of 500 … Continue reading Supporting pregnant women and their partners is an essential service

The move to Broken Hill and the new ‘normal’

Today marks two weeks since my husband and I arrived in Broken Hill. How much life has changed for our country in the past two weeks because of COVID-19? In that time we’ve seen government announcements begin with banning gatherings of 500 people, than 100 people, closure of non-essential businesses such as clubs, cinemas and gyms, restaurants and cafes restricted to offering take away only, … Continue reading The move to Broken Hill and the new ‘normal’