Mark Stephens Bio – Wiki
Mark Stephens is a solicitor who lives in Tonbridge, Kent, was due to be by his wife Azalea Bakrie-Stephens’ side this morning to welcome their son via a planned C-section.
He is a father-of-one, who has claimed he’s been banned from the birth of his second child over coronavirus fears.
Stephens is 33 years old.
Stephens Banned From The Birth of His Son Amid Coronavirus Fears
Father claims he’s BANNED from the birth of his son amid coronavirus fears because his daughter, 18 months, had a slight temperature – and isn’t even allowed to watch via a video call
However, he said he received a phone call from midwives at Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury yesterday informing him he could no longer attend the birth after their 18-month-old daughter Chloe came home from nursery with a slightly raised temperature last week.
Despite Mark assuring staff that a GP had brushed off Chloe’s symptoms as a common cold, not COVID-19, he said the hospital insisted he should stay away – and can’t even be present via a video call.
If there are complications with the birth, it could mean Mark doesn’t see his wife or his newborn son for several days – or, in the ‘worst-case scenario’, he might ‘never get to meet him’.
Admitting he is ‘livid’ about the decision, Mark told FEMAIL: ‘I very much appreciate the NHS and its staff is under stress and it’s unprecedented circumstances, but I don’t think it’s proportionate to start banning people from being at the birth of their child, without doing any tests.
‘We’ve been told now I can’t even call her on a conference or video FaceTime because they don’t allow videoing in the operating theatre.
‘I can’t believe that you can’t stream a video call with your wife when she’s going through an operation just because they don’t allow it when they’ve barred you from being there.’
Mark said Azalea, 32, a copywriter, is very nervous and upset about the fact she’s going through the birth alone and is pushing for him to be allowed to video call her.