Pregnant healthcare workers across the UK have spoken of their fear at being pushed into working at the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.
As it has emerged that a nurse who was close to full-term has died of Covid-19.
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong died of Covid-19 but baby her baby survived.
She however had an emergency caesarean to deliver and save her baby daughter.
Her baby is currently under care.
The 28-year-old tested positive for the virus on 5 April. She had the caesarean soon after going into hospital on 7 April but died on Sunday.
According to the hospital, she had finished her last shift on 12 March, and had not been at work since then.
In addition, they had followed official guidance and she was not treating coronavirus patients.
Currently, it is unclear if she got infected during her shift or if her baby is positive for the virus.
On the other hand, her husband is self-isolating.
Her colleagues at Luton and Dunstable University hospital said she was “a fabulous nurse, and a great example of what we stand for”.
David Carter, The NHS trust’s chief executive said the survival of her baby daughter was a “beacon of light at this very dark time”.
Organisations supporting pregnant women have reported that hundreds of healthcare workers are being told they must work; sometimes without personal protective equipment – even though they fear for their unborn children.