Having a baby is a daunting experience for any new mom, but to give birth at a time like this brings with it a whole new range of challenges, and while some moms are lucky enough to bring their children into the world virus-free, that isn't the case for a growing number of parents.
Many are giving birth alone, while far more are having to separate from their newborns straight after delivery, which is an extremely traumatic experience.
Sadly, despite the efforts to protect mom and child, this doesn't always have a happy ending.
As of today, at the time of writing, the U.S. has a total of 894,475 cases of the virus...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding 50,939 known deaths.
Our country appears to have become the new epicenter of the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesAnd without a doubt, we have become the hardest hit.
President Trump's goal of having the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter" was a mere dream.
via: ShutterstockTrump has repeatedly expressed how eager he is to lift lockdowns within weeks, despite warnings from experts and doctors that if the nation returns to work, cases could spike once again.
New York is the hotspot for virus cases here in the States...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the BBC, New York now has more cases than any single country outside the US.
New York state alone has accounted for 268,581 cases...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 21,283 deaths.
The world is not prepared.
via: Getty ImagesThis is certainly a worrying time for all those in America and across the globe.
It's especially worrying for those due to give birth anytime soon...
via: ShutterstockAs they're born amidst a pandemic.
Any new mom and baby who are spending time in hospital are immediately at a higher risk...
via: Getty ImagesWhich is the last thing you want for a newborn.
There have been many cases of women giving birth at the peak of the pandemic.
Giving birth in the time of #COVID19 poses many new challenges for parents & pediatricians. Learn from… https://t.co/UD3e7Ak4wY— Katie Lockwood, MD, MEd (@Katie Lockwood, MD, MEd)1587743920.0
But miraculously there have been cases where both pull through...
Not only did she test positive for the virus when she was thirty-three-weeks pregnant, doctors preformed a c section while she was in a medical coma!
Carolyn Hrenko-Porras is another mom that shocked doctors, after giving birth to twins on April 2!
via: TwitterThe babies were delivered 6 weeks early, right around the time the U.S. was seeing an increase in the virus.
Luckily both babies are doing well, but they still have some weeks to go in the hospital’s ICU.
via: TwitterWhat most don't realize is the heartbreaking fact that those babies aren't able to see their mom's face. “My babies only see me from the eyes up and at that age babies really want to study people’s faces and expressions and it's just sad my babies hardly get to look at my face," Hrenko-Porras said.
As heartbreaking as their start in life might be, these mothers will be able to watch their baby grow stronger by the day.
to anyone that has to give birth alone because of this pandemic, while i won’t feel your pain, i’ve cried for you a… https://t.co/Xk7gofO2gX— cam (@cam)1587743515.0
Sadly all too often this scenario takes a turn for the worst...
via: TwitterTwenty-nine-year-old Fozia Hanif is the latest woman to deal with the virus while being pregnant. Although she had been taken to a recovery ward after the birth of her son, she was quickly moved to an intensive care unit after her condition worsened.
Her baby son, Ayaan Hanif Ali, was born on April 2 at 31 weeks via cesarean.
via: TwitterFozia wasn't allowed to see family during her time on the ward, and could only make a limited number of phone calls.
She tested positive for the infection when it was discovered she had a slight fever during a maternity check-up, which she had been attending regularly after losing her first child the previous year.
via: TwitterFozia's husband, Wajid Ali, said: "They said we're going to keep her here to find out and we're going to do a test and they kept her for two days. The test came back positive and the next day they said it was mild and you can go home. After four days she had difficulty breathing and we called the ambulance."
Due to her condition, Fozia was unable to see her baby and only saw photos of him before passing away.
via: TwitterShe died in the hospital without being able to properly see her son. Mr. Ali said: "She was really happy, she got the baby photo they [the nurses] printed out for her,' her husband of nearly seven years. She was holding the picture and saying 'look it's our baby' and 'we're going to come home soon'... that's the last time I spoke to her."
At one stage the family was told her condition was improving, which gave them hope that she would pull through, but sadly that wasn't the case.
via: Twitter"When we walked into the hospital when they said they were going to turn the machines off, I said no don't turn it off until we arrive, she's a fighter, she can pull through – but when we walked in there, we just kept praying."
The family was left "devastated" and is still grieving.
Fozia Hanif from Birmingham had just celebrated her 29th birthday, when she started to develop symptoms and tested… https://t.co/Xg6Y9XzWOl— ITV News Central (@ITV News Central)1587658618.0