Hi, all! So with all the restrictions coming down due to COVID-19, I wanted to reach out and see what you were learning from your OB team/hospital regarding visitor restrictions. I just learned that I will be able to have "one visitor" - and that my husband counts as that person. He isn't allowed to leave the hospital and come back (can "only enter once a day"). Sometimes you just need your momma or a best girlfriend, and I fully expect giving birth will be one of those times for me. Ugh. Tips on getting through this? I am due April 1 ... so could literally go into labor any day. I've created a playlist on Spotify and have debated on taking a portable oil diffuser, definitely will be doing so now. I get it, and respect and appreciate leadership's decisions to protect our society ... but selfishly I'm so sad and discouraged. I thought I'd at least be able to have my mom in the delivery room with me!
Re: Hospital Visitor Restrictions due to COVID-19
I totally feel you on wanting to have Mom around. Mine lives in another state, now, so wasn't planning to be there, anyway. Try to take heart in that not having them there keeps them, you, and that new babe as safe as possible, as well as all of the other moms and new babies. With your health, you'll be home soon enough, and can have as many visitors as you are comfortable with ❤
As of now my hospital (Virginia) is allowing a partner & a birth coach, so for me that would be my husband & mom, but I could see them taking away the birth coach any day now. I'm not due until April 23, so I'm hoping things are at least starting to get better by then & that little man will go full-term (maybe even going 2 weeks over won't be so bad now if that means it's 2 weeks further away from the climax of this virus). As long as my husband can be there I'll be okay.
My OB office is only allowing significant others, so my husband will go to my last US next week, but I'll let him pass on the weekly appointments after that. My mom is sad to miss out on the US, but hopefully I'll get a good photo to show her.
Thinking of you all! I'm happy to know I'm not alone
I am due April 20th and just found out tonight my husband is not permitted at any of my ob visits from here on out. Not even ultrasounds bummer! I understand the need but it absolutely is concerning to me. How are we supposed to make “decisions” if need be without our SO present. My mom also just sent me an article about hospitals in NY that aren’t allowing SO at the birth now because of Covid-19. I am really hoping it doesn’t come to that in Ohio. I have 4 weeks left though and I am afraid my delivery is going to come at the height of this mess. I couldn’t be more worried.
If hospitals are forcing you or your friends to give birth without your husband or a companion, they are NOT acting within the guidelines for handling Covid-19.
From the WHO:
"All pregnant women, including those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections, have the right to high quality care before, during and after childbirth. This includes antenatal, newborn, postnatal, intrapartum and mental health care.
A safe and positive childbirth experience includes:
Please fully inform yourself and push back!
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding (Click the "what care should be available during pregnancy and childbirth" question.)
Also doesn't help that I've been diagnosed with late-presenting GD (likely had mild GD all the time and they didn't catch it). So I've just started a low carb diet and 4x day finger sticks. This is not a time to be without my cravings/comfort foods!
Good luck @danibean19!
We have found one hospital a few hours away which will still accept partners.. but who knows what will change by my due date of whenever baby decides to show up.. or if we have time to make it there! Let's see, for now I'm just relaxing and trying not to think too much!
Thinking of you all!
allow birth partners. That was promising to me! 🤞🏻
@nicoleyolee so sorry you are going through all of this!