Can you imagine being pregnant and due to give birth during this global pandemic? Having a baby during a pandemic presents its own challenges. And knowing that the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any wealthy nation, this is something to be concerned about. Especially when you have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still saying it doesn't know how the disease impacts pregnancy and babies.
States and hospitals have mandated fathers cannot be present when the mother gives birth and have minimized them even during routine doctor visits. When you think about the worry of remaining healthy in the midst of this global pandemic, the thought of giving birth in spite of it all can be quite frightening.
Aside from partners, doulas could also offer support virtually during labor and delivery. Meanwhile, pregnant people and new parents are working to cope with this new reality. Despite the many challenges posed by the current crisis, though, many doctors, doulas, and others who work with people giving birth are doing their best to make sure families are still supported.
Tune in at 6:30 p.m. EST for our topic of discussion 'Doulas on Duty' in this Pandemic on the next Conversations Of A Sistah. Our special guest Ann Marie Pusterla, Founder and CEO of "Love your Labor"
Hope you'll tune into this interesting conversation!