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'Barbaric' Covid ban: I'd be better off giving birth in a bar, says mother-to-be

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Trying times: Meabh McGrotty with husband Ryan, eight-year-old son and daughter (6)

Trying times: Meabh McGrotty with husband Ryan, eight-year-old son and daughter (6)

Trying times: Meabh McGrotty with husband Ryan, eight-year-old son and daughter (6)

A mum-to-be has hit out at Covid-19 maternity restrictions, claiming it would be better to give birth in a pub so she can be supported by her husband throughout her labour.

Meabh McGrotty, who is 34 weeks' pregnant, has launched an online petition calling for rules imposed during the pandemic to be lifted.

Describing the situation as "barbaric", the mother-of-two, from Castlewellan, Co Down, said the system was failing parents across Northern Ireland.