Becoming a mama is an exciting time. From the time the pregnancy test turns positive, your mind starts to race, wondering what life will be like with a baby, is it a boy or a girl, and how will you prepare and be ready. It is fun to plan the nursery, plan for birth, and plan for bringing your baby home. With this, comes some anxiety and overwhelm, as all mamas worry some about the health of their baby and feel overwhelmed by the huge life change about to occur. This is all normal.
Global pandemic was not on many mama’s lists of things to worry about. Yet, here we are. Since early March, North America has been dealing with Covid-19, and life as we knew it has changed. And for expecting and new mamas, it has brought on a lot of anxiety and uncertainty.
Giving birth brings some uncertainty. We are never sure how it will look exactly, but we do our best to educate ourselves and build a plan that feels the best. But Covid-19 has changed how birth, breastfeeding and bringing your baby home looks. The amount of information out there is hard to wade through, what is real and what isn’t. If you are pregnant, or have a new baby, this blog will help answer some questions and hopefully calm your nerves.
First off, even amidst all the pressures of Covid-19, every health care professional involved in your care will show up for you. It matters to them that you feel supported and cared for during your labor and delivery. That won’t change! Here are some specifics that may look different for you. This is not medical advice. It is imperative you ask your healthcare provider, as each hospital may have a different policy.
LABOUR AND DELIVERY
BRINGING BABY HOME
We know. It is a long list of change, but you will be cared for and supported through your birth and bringing your baby home. Our hearts are sending you all so much love and support as you move through this. You got this, mama.
Carrie Bruno is a Registered Nurse, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Sleep coach and founder of the North American company, The Mama Coach. The Mama Coach is a group of Registered Nurses committed to making motherhood easier by providing prenatal and postnatal education and support.