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Birth Matters - 35: Birth During Covid-19: Want Partner? Hurry, Induce!

35: Birth During Covid-19: Want Partner? Hurry, Induce!

Birth Matters

04/28/20 • 84 min

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Just before their due date, Sarah & Spencer receive an urgent call from their obstetrician saying they need to be induced immediately if they want Spencer to allowed to support Sarah in labor. Not wanting to give birth without support, they heed the call and head to NYC’s NY Pres Weill Cornell for an uncomplicated vaginal birth. They describe the ways in which the environment was different in light of the pandemic, including testing, wearing masks, the hospital feeling quieter than normal, and more. They both share that, while they were grateful that Spencer was able to be present to support Sarah through labor and to be present for the birth of their baby, it was very disappointing that Spencer wasn’t allowed to go with her and baby to the postpartum unit and how Sarah regretted agreeing to the default shared room after birth. Sarah also shares how she would have gone home with baby sooner, but baby didn’t pass the first hearing test so she did have to stay for the standard 2 days before being reunited with Spencer at home. They share a bit, too, about the first ~3 weeks of parenthood and adjusting to life with baby.

04/28/20 • 84 min

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Birth Matters - 35: Birth During Covid-19: Want Partner? Hurry, Induce!

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Lisa: 0:00
You're listening to the Birth Matters Podcast Episode 35.
Spencer: 0:04
Then we had an hour, I think, maybe an hour and a half to hang out with Davis, and then they're like, "All right, later. You can't..." They wouldn't even let me walk her over or anything. Which, again, like, I can rationalize this. I can understand it, but like, it's a pretty tough thing. And then you spend—she spent two more days, and, you know, you don't have those

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