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Birth Matters - 34: Birth During Covid-19: Advocacy for Partner Support

34: Birth During Covid-19: Advocacy for Partner Support

Birth Matters

04/21/20 • 49 min

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Amidst the growing Covid-19 pandemic and stay at home orders, Natalie & Jackson share the stress they experienced late in her 3rd trimester when they learn that their hospital is no longer allowing partners to accompany the laboring person. They scramble to advocate for the decision to be reversed at Mt. Sinai East and are interviewed by multiple reporters along the way. They share how they were surprised when Natalie’s water broke a few weeks before the due date. Thankfully, baby waited to come just long enough for Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order requiring partners to be allowed in labor & the immediate postpartum. They’ll share aspects of the hospital environment across Natalie’s time in the hospital that will be relevant to anyone giving birth during a pandemic, such as there being very little traffic getting to the hospital, being tested for Covid upon admission, the hospital being uncrowded, and having to wear a mask the whole time they were there.

04/21/20 • 49 min

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Birth Matters - 34: Birth During Covid-19: Advocacy for Partner Support

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Lisa: 0:00
You're listening to the Birth Matters Podcast, Episode 34.
Natalie: 0:04
Everyone started messaging me about home birth. Everyone and their dog. I was getting messages from Aunt Gladys and messages from Fido and messages from people I hadn't spoken to in years. I got some panicked messages from an old neighbor I had growing up in the building I did. I grew up on the Upper West Side, and this neighbor was messaging me all about how she had s

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