Baby joy for Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie Johnson are expecting their second child, announcing the news two months after their wedding

Baby joy for Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie Johnson are expecting their second child, announcing the news two months after their wedding.

In a post on her private Instagram account, Mrs Johnson says she feels "incredibly blessed to be pregnant again" while also revealing she suffered a miscarriage at the start of the year.

"Hoping for our rainbow baby this Christmas," the 33-year-old began in the caption, alongside a photo of a Christmas tree bauble in the shape of a pram.

Mrs Johnson said the pregnancy loss earlier this year left her "heartbroken" but she hopes sharing the news can give comfort to others going through similar circumstances.

"At the beginning of the year, I had a miscarriage which left me heartbroken," she wrote.

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"I feel incredibly blessed to be pregnant again but I've also felt like a bag of nerves.

"Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like everything is only ever going well.

"I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too."

The couple, who wed in an intimate ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London in May, are parents to 16-month-old son Wilfred, who was born in April 2020.

Mr Johnson, 56, is the first British prime minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool in 1822.

He also became one of just four leaders to welcome a newborn while serving at No.10 in 150 years, following in the footsteps of David Cameron, Tony Blair and Lord Russell.

The new bub will be Carrie's second and Boris's seventh - the prime minister has four children with his second wife Marina Wheeler and has fathered at least one child outside of his marriages, according to Associated Press.

Boris Johnson Carrie Symonds son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson
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'I was scared': Paramedic's fear of working during COVID-19 pandemic

Performing his job well while wearing full PPE and a fear of inadvertently brining the virus home to his family are among paramedic Mitch Pettet's biggest concerns.

'I was scared': Paramedic's fear of working during COVID-19 pandemic

After almost 16 years on the road as a NSW paramedic, Mitch Pettet is no stranger to the pressures of the job and has dealt with his fair share of stressful situations. However as his holidays came to an end last month, the experienced first responder was scared to return to work.

Like many others, Mr Pettet's family travel plans were ruined when the growing NSW COVID-19 cluster saw restrictions put in place across much of the state. The disappointment of the missed trip soon wore off, but as the date for Mr Pettet's return from leave neared he grew increasingly apprehensive.

"The week before I went back to work things started to escalate for all the paramedics on frontline," he said.

"I was reading the emails every day and it was hard to keep up with all the updates that were coming. I was quite scared to actually go back work, I didn't know what I was going to walk into when I went back."

Mr Pettet, who is a representative of Australian Paramedics Association and works at Toukley station on the NSW Central Coast, said performing his job well while wearing full PPE and a fear of inadvertently bringing the virus home to his family were among his biggest concerns.

He is not alone

According to research by Charles Sturt University, released this week, a growing number of first responders are experiencing mental health problems as a result of added pressures the pandemic has brought to their workplace.

The Mental Health, Wellbeing and Work Impacts of COVID-10 on First Responders report, by the University's Workforce Wellness Research Unit, found a worrying number of police, paramedics and health workers were experiencing mental health concerns.

The 1,500 first responders surveyed reported pressures around increased workloads, a constantly changing work environment and access to PPE among their main concerns.

The report found first responders were 10 times more likely to suffer depression than the general population and four times more likely to experience anxiety. The level of workplace burnout was also high with over 40 per cent of survey respondents considering quitting their current job.

Authors of the report noted all organisations employing first responders across the country provide mental health wellbeing programs and support to their employees and their families. They described those programs as helpful, but said respondents to the survey were seeking more "prevention" strategies in the workplace.

The findings do not surprise former Queensland police officer James Maskey who, as Engagement Manager for support organisation Fortem Australia, has noticed an increase in the need for mental health support for first responders over the past 18 months.

"Our increased demand has certainly coincided with the 2020 black summer bushfires, and then obviously, for the better part of two years, during the COVID-19 pandemic we've seen a significant increase," he said.

"Burnout rates are alarmingly high and the CSU research really pointed to that.

Fears for family

"We have also received anecdotal stories from first responders, they are quite anxious about bringing COVID home to their families.

"There are stories where people are either sleeping and showering at the station or coming home reluctantly.

"When they do come home, they're conscious to dispose of their PPE, strip down wash their clothes thoroughly and scrub themselves down before they're prepared to come inside the house."

Mr Pettet said he showers and changes clothes at the station before returning home following his shifts. It's something he did when the pandemic started last year but he had not been doing it this year, until now.

"I think most paramedics are the same. Nobody ever wants to become infected, but if you do, you're worried about who you're going to transmit it to because we're in and out of people's houses all the time," he said.

"So that's a big responsibility. We need to be guarded so that we so that we're not inadvertently transmitting it and obviously that relates to your family too."

The power of a thank you

Mr Maskey said while there were no quick fixes for the pressures first responders are facing at the moment, there are little things the general public can do to have a positive impact.

"They can express gratitude to first responders, they can send a postcard, they can get their kids to do some artwork or make a poster, they can say things on social media," he said.

"From my own personal experience, it was remarkable the profound positive impact that could have, as being a first responder is usually a thankless task."

Mr Pettet said staying up to date with the latest COVID-19 restrictions and understanding the extra requirements first responders must adhere to would also help.

"We do our job because we love it and we want to help people," he said.

"Sometimes we might take a few more minutes than we would like to because we need to get our PPE gear on and work in a slightly different way.

"When people realise that and understand we are doing our best to help them and their loved ones, it makes things a lot less stressful."

If you're struggling during this difficult time, there is 24/7 support available via the on 1300 22 4636 or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via .

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