Becoming a parent in the pandemic

Are you a first-time parent who had a baby during the pandemic? Can you help teams at the University of Sheffield and University of Warwick by sharing your experiences?

Becoming a new parent at any time can be challenging and tumultuous as well as wonderful. However, those becoming first-time parents during the Covid-19 pandemic have faced unprecedented circumstances. Now, three researchers, who are themselves pandemic first-time parents, think parents’ stories need to be heard.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Warwick, in collaboration with the NCT, are inviting first-time parents to share their anonymous experiences of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Our whole team feels strongly that there is a need to document how pregnancy, birth and new parenthood has been during this time, and to share these accounts widely, so that other parents can read them and perhaps feel a little less alone. We also hope to draw on parents’ accounts to advocate for relevant support for new parents.

Whether your own experience has been positive, negative or a mix of both, we’d love to hear from you.

How to get involved

Follow this link to share your experience:

Find out more on our website and read other parents’ stories: