BORN IN 2020 | is about the children born in 2020, a year of a global pandemic and much social/political unrest. Many people did not live to see 2021, or lost loved ones in 2020, or survived it all but would prefer to never look back. But for the families that welcomed children in 2020, the year remains a paradox. In many ways, having a child and the first few months of life have been completely disrupted and upset by COVID-19 and lockdowns, but in other senses, the quiet has brought a unique time for reflections and looking ahead at what is to come for the next generation.
HUNTER | BORN IN OCTOBER, LONDON, UK
ON THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE
“I think it was a bit strange having the midwives staring at you in masks and visors and these kind of plastic suits… I was supposed to have my sister be my birthing partner but because of Covid when I went in my friend was with me and she then had to stay there and be my birthing partner. And I kind of just got forced into that.”
Hunter is Sarah’s first baby and she was upset by the amount of support that she lost due to Covid. There were many prenatal appointments cancelled, as well as post-birth visits from midwives. She found herself turning to her other mum’s for advice.
“I think there’s just a lack of support because there used to be breastfeeding clinics.. a lot of the opportunities to get a bit of support to teach you how to do things are taken away.”
WHAT WILL YOU TELL HIM ABOUT BEING BORN IN 2020?
“I’ll tell him he took ages to come out. I’ll tell him that, well it’s quite a big year to be born. Everyone is going to know this in history. It’s a memorable year… This is the best experience of my life. Having a baby, even if it’s in Covid.”