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‘I went through labour scared and alone while staff who went to a Downing Street party nursed hangovers’

‘I went through labour scared and alone while staff who went to a Downing Street party nursed hangovers’
A first-time mum has told of her anger that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was at a 'bring your own booze' party in the middle of lockdown on the eve of the day when she had to go through much of her labour alone due to the restrictions in place at the time. Rosa Maryon claimed…

A first-time mum has told of her anger that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was at a ‘bring your own booze’ party in the middle of lockdown on the eve of the day when she had to go through much of her labour alone due to the restrictions in place at the time.

Rosa Maryon claimed she had to leave her partner Fabian at the door of the maternity suite.

The 26-year-old claimed she was hysterical without someone there to support her, The Mirror reports.

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It was May 21, 2020, when her baby girl Esme was born, the day after Boris had a Bring Your Own Booze party at Downing Street with dozens of people.

Rosa Maryon with her baby

Speaking to the Mirror, Rosa, who is a PHD student and lecturer at the University of the West of England, said: “I was terrified and by myself and they (people at the Downing Street party) were all nursing a hangover.

“It really makes me angry.

“There are so many people who did their bit, we stood outside a church for a funeral of a 13-year-old when only a few mourners were allowed inside, I went through a tough labour alone.

“Every single person made huge sacrifices, we saw it as the right thing to do, it was like a national effort, and they were partying and thinking we are all mugs.”

Rosa had been dropped at the doors of Heath Hospital in Cardiff by her child’s father Fabian, as they had been told he would only be allowed in during “active labour”.

She had already attended scans and midwife appointments alone, but said she was devastated to learn she would not have any emotional support during the early stages of labour.

Rosa added: “I was having contractions every 30 seconds and when the midwife came back to check on me I was 9cm dilated and she said to call my partner.”

Esme’s dad Fabian managed to race to the hospital to see his daughter arrive, but only got 60 minutes inside before leaving Rosa and Esme alone again.

Dad Fabian was allowed in for only 60 minutes to see his newborn

Rosa said she felt so scarred by her birthing experience she would need counselling before even considering having another child.

“You need an advocate and emotional support, and I didn’t get that.

“You do wonder if Carrie [Boris Johnson’s wife] was alone when she gave birth.”

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