Erica Patterson was in the grip of early contractions as the news came that Auckland was locking down again(external link).

The Māngere, south Auckland mum said she “couldn’t focus on anything apart from the pain” but called her midwife to see what the news meant for the birth: Would her partner still be allowed to be there?

Patterson, 24, had chosen Nga Hau Birthing Centre(external link) in south Auckland because of the private and peaceful atmosphere when she visited – and also because it allows partners to stay for as long as the mother wants.

Alert level 3 restrictions mean women in hospital are allowed one support person for the duration of labour and birth(external link).

 

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