New mothers around the region have been navigating motherhood during the pandemic, with the coronavirus changing many pre-made plans.
Giving birth can be a life-changing experience, one often shared by the other parent. But for one Lithgow mother, giving birth was unexpectedly solitary, with dad unable to leave Tasmania due to COVID-19 restrictions.
This was what happened to Lithgow resident Jenny Williams who gave birth to little Charlie on Monday, April 27 during isolation.
Leading up to the birth, Jenny's tests all revealed that she was going to be late.
"I thought I was going to be late so my partner got the all clear to work away for a few weeks in Tasmania," she said.
But then COVID-19 restrictions hit and Jenny's partner was unable to fly back for his son's birth.
"It has been hard because of the restrictions with my partner not being able to physically be around his son or the birth, but with FaceTime they can actually see each other, at least until he is allowed to get on a plane," she said.
When Jenny knew she was having contractions she called her partner straight away.
"He thought I had a sore stomach, he didn't think I was having contractions and it wasn't until my water broke that he was like 'okay call me when you get to the hospital!'," she said.
Jenny said not having her partner there was hard, but she was thankful for everyone else around her.
"If it wasn't for my mum, the midwives, the nurses, the two female ambulance drivers and Doctor Biing, I don't think the birth of my child would have been an easy one," she said.
Alone and not knowing what contractions felt like, Jenny had a relatively quick birthing experience.
"We pulled up to the hospital, got out of the car, started walking towards the doors of the hospital, and right in front of the ambulance I started having contractions, so one of the female paramedics went inside and got a wheelchair for me," she said.
"They also had to find a way in to the hospital for me since it was before opening hours."
When Jenny went into the labour ward she was already dilated 7-8 centimetres and a couple of hours later, she gave birth to a "beautiful" baby boy.
"Having a baby during quarantine is hard because I wasn't allowed many visitors while in hospital for three days."
Visitors were limited to one at a time without children under the age of 10.
"I do have friends who have children under the age of 10 so they weren't able to visit," she said.
Jenny said that people bulk buying also greatly affected her when she got out of hospital.
"I needed to get a few things from Coles, Woolworths and Target like vitamins, nappies, wraps and disinfectant wipes," she said.
"I was able to get nappies a few days after getting out of hospital but the other items I had difficulty buying as people were bulk buying and when you have a newborn baby you need those items so I was forced to check the stores every day until they had stock."
Jenny said that isolation had been hard because of the limited amount of visitors allowed in her house.
"Especially when it comes to family members from out of town, they were unable to visit as much due to the household restrictions," she said.
Jenny said she "definitely" didn't expect her first child to be born at a time like this.
"I didn't think I would be having a child during a pandemic, I actually thought by the time my baby was born it would be over or at least the restrictions would be eased," she said.
"But the restrictions were still pretty heavy and police were monitoring the streets and shopping centres."
During Jenny's labour, she had to be screened at the hospital, and was continually asked questions about whether she could test positive for the coronavirus.
"They were asking questions while I was having contractions which was very uncomfortable, I didn't want to answer any questions, I wanted them to hurry up and take me in to have my baby without having to be stopped," she said.
But despite the new conditions, Jenny has found positives in the situation as well.
"I get to spend a lot of alone time with my son but in saying that it's also hard as I have to leave him at home with someone when I go shopping as it's just not safe to take him out during this time," she said.
Jenny said she wasn't been able to attend any antenatal classes as they were cancelled but she was able to join an online Zoom class with midwife Kathy that she found helpful.
"My last midwife appointment [before her birth] I asked the midwife to show me the labour ward and where I would be having the baby and everything else I would've been shown if I had the chance to attend my antenatal class," she said.
Jenny said despite only just becoming aware that Lithgow's breastfeeding association had introduced an online class, she thought it was a good idea.
"I think it is a good idea considering that antenatal classes at the hospital have been cancelled and that's what would've been taught to you beforehand," she said.
"It's a good thing to learn from someone who knows what they are doing and they can guide you through and you can ask questions instead of being shown very quickly straight after giving birth.
"I did have someone show me how to breast feed a few hours after I gave birth and after I had a rest but it would've been a lot better if I had a lot more time to learn about how to breastfeed with a more in-depth class."
This story is part of an on-going series where we look at how different Mothers have been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic while pregnant or with a new born baby.