My doula bag has been sitting in this spot for months. As a doula, it breaks my heart to be unable to support my clients in the hospital. I know that this is a difficult time to be expecting a baby. I know that women are nervous and apprehensive about going to the hospital to welcome their new baby. Let’s talk about it.
If you are expecting your little one right now, it probably doesn’t look anything like what you thought it would look like. You thought you would be able to have your family in the waiting room, waiting to meet your baby. You thought your mom, sister, or friend would be able to come in and check in on you. If you hired a doula, you and your husband were looking forward to the extra support you would have.
First, let me say that I am sorry that this is happening to you. Bringing a baby into the world is overwhelming in the best of circumstances, let alone when the world is tipped off it’s axis. So, let yourself mourn what your expectations were for this birth. It’s ok to be sad. It’s ok to be excited for your baby and nervous about how it that will play out. Feel the emotions you need to feel. Talk to family and friends. Call your doula. Call me if you need to. Surround yourself with support.
Next, know that changes are happening daily. What the hospital says today could change tomorrow. So, if your due date isn’t for a couple of months, try to not worry yet. I have heard many conflicting stories about the policies in the Middle GA area. The best thing to do is to call the Labor and Delivery unit directly and see what the current policies are. Hopefully, we will have some restrictions lifted soon.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be writing more blogs on giving birth during Covid-19 in Middle GA. If you have questions you would like answered, send me an email and let me know. I will do my best to answer them. Maybe I’ll even do an Q & A blog.
As I finish up, please remember that your birth story matters. Your experience matters. If you have had a traumatic birth experience in the middle of all this, please know that I am here to listen. You can call, email, or message me and I will listen to your story.