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The option to give birth at home or at a midwife-led unit in Sussex has been suspended due to the "unprecedented situation" with Covid-19 across the county, expectant mothers have been told.
The NHS in East Sussex said its ambulance service was under "significant pressure" and whilst it was prioritising urgent 999 calls, including emergency pregnancy issues, response times may be delayed.
"Giving birth in both in these venues presents a higher degree of risk. The safety of births is our priority, so across Sussex the decision has been made to suspend planned homebirths and births at stand-alone midwife-led units at this time," it said.
Three dads share their experience of becoming fathers during Covid, some were not able to be present for the majority maternity appointments and parts of the labour.
Preparing to give birth is an anxious time for any expectant mother, but imagine doing so during a pandemic when you've caught the virus.
A woman says concerns her husband could miss their son being born was a major factor in the decision.
Angharad Phillips's partner had to leave hospital shortly after she gave birth in March.
By Keiron Tourish
BBC News NI
The mother said she tried to "remain calm" whilst her learner driver partner drove her to the hospital.
By Samantha Noble
BBC News, East Midlands