On this week’s episode I sit down with Olivia Fitzsimons. Olivia came to my attention when she did an Instagram live with her brother Andrew with Luke, her beautiful baby on her lap as they discussed what pregnancy was like during Covid.
Olivia talks to me about her and her partners plans to have a baby and when she conceived quickly how their dreams came true but, with maternity restrictions over the year it wasn’t until her 22 weeks scan and a brief but heart-breaking shock that the loneliness of her appointments sank in and at seven months waking up to realise she was going to be very much alone in her journey through labour in covid and choosing the option to be induced in the hope that I would have time to get Gary to delivery suite.
As a mother this episode broke my heart I just wanted to hug Olivia as she cried her heart literally sings as she talks about Luke and to have to love and joy gained by the silent trauma after giving birth Gary is sent one way and olive to the lonely ward to look after her baby.
As Olivia said she didn’t have the strength to fight when she was pregnant but she wants to fight now for all the mammies coming after her.