A mom has recently defied all the odds and given birth while fighting off the coronavirus. Keep scrolling for all the details of this heartwarming story...
One mom has had a particularly tough year...
via: YouTubeNot only did she have to give birth, which is difficult enough, she was also fighting coronavirus at the same time, risking her child's life...
But thankfully, this story has a happy ending that has moved us all to tears...
It's no secret that welcoming a child into the world is an amazing yet daunting experience.
via: ShutterstockThe whole thing is magical, and it is something that truly releases the inner warriors in women after the grueling 9 months of pregnancy.
The labor part is pretty goddamn tough...
via: ShutterstockThe labor of childbirth is known for being one of the most painful things that the human body can experience. A combination of intense muscle tightening, abdomen cramps, pain in the torso and pelvic area, back pain, contractions from the uterus, and, eventually, pushing a baby out of the vagina... it's certainly no walk in the park.
Labor is different for every woman...
via: GettyDespite the fact that labor is pretty much guaranteed to be painful, it varies slightly for every woman; no labor is the same. This can depend on the woman's genetics, her tolerance to pain, body type, and even the size of the baby.
And not only is labor physically exhausting...
via: GettyIt's also emotionally exhausting.
Pregnancy and labor are some of the most traumatic things a woman can endure...
via: ShutterstockAnd their birthing partners need to be there to support them as they go through these painful physical and emotional changes.
But what happens when they're not physically allowed in the room?
via: YouTubeDue to the ongoing pandemic, a lot of women are having to go through this all on their own.
Monique Jones was forced to give birth after she contracted COVID-19 just twenty-nine weeks into her pregnancy.
via: YouTubeAt first, she was hesitant when the healthcare professionals told her she would have no choice, but when she heard that the baby could be in danger inside her, she made the difficult choice.
Jones had tested positive only a few weeks before that.
via: YouTubeOn September 4th, she found out that she had contracted the virus, after displaying the usual symptoms such as a cough and shortness of breath a few days prior.
But by September 23rd, things had taken a turn for the worst...
via: YouTubeThe illness was starting to affect her pregnancy, putting the baby in harm's way.
The twenty-eight-year-old mom told Good Morning America that doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis performed an early C-section.
via: YouTube"It was possible that I wouldn't live - that's all I was thinking," she said. "They asked me if it was possible to take my baby out. At first, I told them no, but I wasn't getting any better."
"I am happy and grateful that I'm still here but at the same time it's still overwhelming," she added.
via: YouTubeJones was intubated at the hospital on September 6th. While in ICU, her nurse, Caitlyn Obrock, told the outlet that Jones was nervous about the intubation.
"She was scared," she said.
via: YouTube"I was very invested in her, hoping and praying for a good outcome."
However, in the first week of October, the family received some good news.
via: YouTubeJones' partner, Jamez Prewitt, and their daughter Damiea, who is 6-years-old, got the news that there was a new addition to their family.
Zamyrah was born weighing 2 pounds, 5 ounces.
via: YouTubeShortly after, Jones transferred to a rehabilitation facility where she received occupational, speech, and physical therapy. Her baby went to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
And while she was there, she had no idea that her ICU nurse was raising money for her.
via: YouTubeObrock raised a massive $2,000 in baby gifts and then the nurse and her colleagues held a cute, little baby shower for Jones when she was able to attend.
"It was to boost her morale," Obrock said.
via: YouTube"The way she started out motherhood with this baby was unfair and we wanted her to know how special and loved she is." While the ICU nurse doesn't do this for all of her patients, she felt as though she had a special connection with Jones.
Zamyrah is now home with her family.
via: YouTubeAnd to bring even more happiness to a heartwarming story, Jones later asked Obrock to be the godmother of her child and they hope they're able to celebrate when it is more acceptable to do so.
"She's a miracle," Obrock added. "Her and her baby."
via: YouTubeWow. What a moment. If you're in the mood for more feel-good stories, then keep scrolling...