Plymouth couple share experience of parenthood during pandemic

    Gemma and Ryan welcomed their baby Sebastian ten weeks early, just after the UK had entered lockdown

    A Plymouth couple have shared their experience of newfound parenthood during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Giving birth to your first child can be a nervous time for any new family, but Gemma and Ryan welcomed their baby Sebastian ten weeks early, not long after the UK entered lockdown.

    The couple had sadly suffered five miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy before Gemma fell pregnant with Sebastian.

    Their baby boy weighed just 3lbs when he was born at Derriford Hospital, but his parents say he is doing "so well" and is "growing incredibly".

    Gemma says the care that staff have provided has been incredible:

    "I've been so anxious and upset throughout everything and they've just been so supportive.

    "Even though they can't give you an actual hug, the words they say are just so reassuring and their support has been incredible. I just can't thank them enough."

    You can watch the full video of Gemma, Ryan and Sebastian's journey at the top of this page in a video shared by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

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