Corona virus and 2020 Lock-down!
The world Came to a big halt, everything we know and love changed. The masses went into quarantine, and a little crazy! Pubs shut, restaurants closed, supermarkets limited their customers and we all stood 2 metres apart wearing face masks..... Was it a Zombie Apocalypse?......
So I wanted to create a post to look back on in years to come, to see the obstacles we faced. Never in our lifetimes have we experienced anything like this. People are dying, loved ones feel so far away, streets are empty. But this isn't a sad post. This is a post to help find the positives in life no matter what.
Weather your pregnant or a new mom, this time has been tough for us all, but birthing in a pandemic isn't so bad. After our babies are born we get so many visitors, friends, family, everyone wants to meet and cuddle the new baby. And why wouldn't they? But its actually quite important to take a little time just you, your baby, your partner and if any, babies siblings. As a family unit together with no distractions, no one giving that bit of 'advise' on how to parent your baby. This is a time where we create that loving bond, establish breastfeeding (if you choose to do so) work out your new routine. The 4th trimester is a time of both physical and emotional change. So wear your PJ's snuggle with your family unit and don't worry about what your hair looks like, if the washing has been put away. Enjoy this precious time together without feeling guilty about turning visitors away, covid got you covered there!
Daily visits from friends and family can be draining in the early days, on top of the recovery and little sleep, this can cause huge stress for the body and slow down your healing process.
I know some moms will have a problem with this, and that's ok! if what you need is lots of people around then thats your choice. But give those visitors a task to take some of the strain from you allowing you to be together as a family unit. Ask aunt to cook some nourishing food, mom to run the hoover round, gran to bake some cookies anything that makes your life easier. "when a baby is born, so is a mother too, she deserves just as much attention and care as the newborn"
So the birthing world is very limiting at the moment. No partners allowed in for appointments. No partners allowed onto delivery suite until mother is in established labour, and then strictly limited to 1! PPE worn by everyone. But there is hope. We live in a world where social media and technology allow us to stay connected at all times. So Take your partner with you to appointments using facetime. Make use of the digital online classes, some are free! and for the big day get yourself a digital doula! You read that right. Doulas are now going digital, still offering the same amazing support, skills and knowledge to help empower and support you on your journey. Online 1-1s Facetime during birth, telephone support. That means you can access doulas from all over the world. Don't have a local doula? that's ok many doulas are covering a lot more areas online.
You may have read that breast milk is excellent at a preventing or treating all kinds of stuff, but will it help with covid-19? there are many studies at the moment looking into this but so far this is all I've found