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Baby Daisy Belle introduced to Forres family after lockdown eased

By Garry McCartney

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Proud mum Isobel Mackenzie with baby Daisy Belle.
Proud mum Isobel Mackenzie with baby Daisy Belle.

A NEW mum from Forres has spoken of her time without family by her side during the coronavirus lockdown.

Isobel MacKenzie (23) of MacDonald Drive gave birth to Daisy Belle on Thursday, March 19 at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, just days before restrictions were introduced banning gatherings of more than two people in public places.

Isobel, a carer at Meadowlark Care Home, said: "I was having complications around my 35th week of pregnancy so I was told to make my way through to Aberdeen for an induction which didn't happen until my 36th week. During that week, I had my daughter's dad and my mum for support.

"The birth was always planned for Aberdeen due to my diabetes. A few days in, the hospital started to gradually introduce the restrictions. The first was my mum wasn't allowed to visit, only Daisy's dad."

Meanwhile, the unborn baby's weight had tailed off so the antenatal team needed time to carry out an investigation. To avoid any further complications it was agreed to induce her early.

Thankfully, Daisy was born at 7 pounds 2 ounces. But she was jaundiced, meaning an extra three weeks in the neonatal ward.

"It was due to her being born early and by emergency c-section," explained Isobel. "She had it twice back-to-back, that's why we were in for so long."

Isobel was admitted to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital on March 19 and did not get to take her baby home until April 3. During that time, she was only able to video-contact friends and family to introduce the new addition.

"It's been very tough without face-to-face support from our friends and family," admitted Isobel. "I was absolutely gutted that my mum couldn't be there as I'm so close to her. She is my best friend and Daisy is my first baby."

Proud granny, Tracey Mackenzie, held her grand-daughter for the first time when the lockdown eased on May 25.

She said: "I found it really hard to deal with the changes. I was anxious because I couldn't be there to support Isobel and I was upset because I couldn't meet Daisy to put a face to the voice."

Glad to be home and able to see family now, Isobel finished: "My partner's mum - a first time Nana - and his Nana and brother were able to hold Daisy after isolating too.

"We are very happy and grateful for the support of all the midwifes, feeding experts and neonatal staff at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, and to the health visitors who have given us continued support at home."

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