Concerns for the wellbeing of babies born in lockdown are being raised, as parents struggle to access regular support services.

England’s children’s commissioner is highlighting pressures facing mothers caring for babies without the usual family and state support networks.

Playgroups are closed and health visitor “visits” are being carried out remotely in most cases.

The NHS said adaptations had been made to keep new mothers and babies safe.

Redeployments

The briefing paper from Anne Longfield’s office says an estimated 76,000 babies will have been born in England under lockdown so far.

But births are not being registered, because of temporary rules tied to the virus pandemic, so even basic information about new babies is not being gathered.

At the same time, support services provided by health visitors and GPs are not readily

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