Woman Shows Her Newborn Baby to Mom with COVID-19 through a Glass Door
The coronavirus is changing every aspect of our lives. Traveling has stopped, many are unemployed, and visits to see newborns are done through glass doors.A Canadian woman named Jessica gave birth to her child a few weeks ago. It was in the middle of the shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic. She was and still is quarantined with her direct family.
This means that Jessica's mother — the newborn's grandmother — had to meet her granddaughter in a very untraditional way. Jessica showed how in an Instagram post found below.
Grandmom does everything to see family
In the photograph, we see Jessica holding up her baby daughter, who's facing a glass door. On the other side of the door is an older woman, Jessica's mom. A lengthy caption explained the situation.
Jessica's parents tested positive for COVID-19 weeks ago. Luckily, they've since recovered. Still, self-isolation is crucial these days to curb the spread of the virus.
As a result, Jessica and her mom, like many others, have had to adapt to this bizarre situation. "This is not what any of us expected. These times are challenging," she wrote in her caption.
Newborn's mother sees the bright side
Thankfully, Jessica can see the positives in all of this. She praised healthcare workers for their service, made sure to mention her positive delivery experience, and thanked friends and family.
"These times are scary, hard, and there is still good, light and joy," she added in the post. Towards the end, she called for a sense of togetherness among everyone.
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“I wish I held you more.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I read a book, it told me that you needed to always be put down awake, otherwise we would get into bad habits, and you would never sleep through the night.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A sleep deprived anxiety told me that if I didn't listen to this book, I would never sleep again.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I wanted to hold you longer, but instead of following my intuition, I followed a book.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I didn't hold you when I wanted to, because anxious thoughts told me I had to follow 'rules' to be a good parent. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Anxiety makes us worried about things that we don't need to worry about, anxiety lies, and anxiety can steal joy. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Anxiety happens to us. We don't want it to happen, we don't ask for it to happen.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ But anxiety can be treated. Anxiety doesn't have to define our motherhood. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Now, I hold you both.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Now, I know holding you isn’t a bad habit. I’m allowed to listen to what you need. I know this means most nights you go to sleep awake, but some nights you need extra cuddles and that is ok. I know that it’s also ok to put you down. It’s ok to take care of me. It’s ok for things to not be black and white.⠀ ⠀⠀ Parenting isn't based off of a single book, course, or strategy. It is based off love. ⠀⠀ ⠀ Now, I wake up every day and decide that I am going to love you the best I can that day, and I give myself grace when I don’t meet my own expectations.⠀ ⠀⠀ Love is the rule, everything else is extra noise."⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🥰If you are struggling with anxious thoughts please don’t hesitate to tell someone. You are not alone.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🔆Know that what works for every family is different. What works for you may look different than your friend, and that’s ok.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 💕What is your intuition telling you? Tune in to the voice inside. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ✨✨✨You are the best mama for your kids. You’ve got this.✨✨✨⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Originally written for my first daughter a few months after she was born. I started this page to help encourage parents by providing education and information on parenthood so they know they aren’t alone and they could have practical support. I’ve been reflecting a lot on my last postpartum experience as this one has been so different and wanted to share this little story with you.
Based on the comment section, there's definitely a sense of community pervading the coronavirus. Several other mothers comforted each other by sharing similar stories about their recent newborns.
Taking a trip for family
Over in Wisconsin, another family shared their story of how their 98-ear-old grandmother met her great-grandchild. Ross and Maggie Oberschlake reside in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconson.
They recently welcomed their daughter Emma, whose second name is the English version of her grandmother's, Janina. Speaking to "Good Morning America," Maggie described how her granddaughter met Janina.
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Never imagined the first time my parents would meet my daughter would be through a sliding glass door. ❤️⠀ ⠀ When we had our daughter a few weeks ago both of my parents were sick with COVID-19. They were quarantined at home, and very quickly as things with COVID escalated all of our plans for support for birth and postpartum changed. I was feeling nervous for both of them and very nervous for how the first few weeks of postpartum would look.⠀ ⠀ Fast forward to today, they are both recovered and feeling healthy and the first few weeks with our baby have gone mostly well.⠀ ⠀ This is not what any of us expected. These times are challenging. I’m not immune to these challenges. I’ve cried about COVID, worried about my parents and all the others who are sick, lost sleep, grieved over the postpartum l had planned and more.⠀ ⠀ But I’ve also witnessed the kindness of strangers, the amazing care of hospital staff and midwives. I’ve seen healing, had a positive birth experience, felt love and prayers from others, and experienced amazing friends and family helping from a distance. ⠀ ⠀ These times are scary, hard, AND there is still good, light, and joy. ⠀ ⠀ Did I plan for my parents to meet their grandchild through a sliding door? No. But am I thankful that they could be healthy enough to meet their grandchild through a sliding door? So much yes.❤️❤️❤️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Whatever emotion you are going through today, know it’s ok to feel it. It’s ok to feel the grief or the joy. You are not alone in it, we may be apart but we are in this together!
"It was bittersweet for her," she told the outlet. While the older woman was thrilled to see Emma — you could tell she was sad that she couldn't hold the newborn in her arms.
Others who are helping
Elsewhere, many people are easing the tough times in various ways. For example, parents of California's East High School students have banded together to make the youth's lives a bit better.
Darla Pool made public the idea to decorate the porch of the students, who were forced to miss their high school prom and graduation amid the pandemic.
Meanwhile, a British army veteran just raised over $6 million for frontline healthcare personnel in Britain. Tim Moore, 99, did so by doing laps around his home and asking for donations.
"You've done it! People have donated over £5m!"— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 15, 2020
99-year-old army veteran Captain Tom Moore says it is "completely out of this world" after finding out he has raised over £5m for NHS charitieshttps://t.co/gRReTgJbJE pic.twitter.com/BB3g0ka8lW
His goal was to do 100 laps in total by completing 10 per day. The initial hope was to raise $1,257. Moore far surpassed his expectations, gaining a featured segment on BBC for his kindness and to spread the word.
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