Over the last two + years it has become evident that COVID-19, or the Corona Virus as it's also called, is here to stay.
Most local hospitals are only screening for the normal things: Are you sick? Are you coughing/sneezing/do you have a fever? Have you been around anyone that is? As with most viruses there will be ebbs and flows of the number of active cases at any given time.
As your due date approaches be aware of any changing restrictions your place of birth and/or provider(s) may put in place. While it's important to be respectful of any requirements as long as they are truly in place to maintain the safety of you and your baby, remember that YOUR STORY, YOUR BIRTH, YOUR CARE, and YOUR RIGHTS still matter. Don't let anyone tell you differently.
We are here to help in any way we can. We want you to still feel safe and comfortable documenting your pregnancy, birth, and those early newborn days. Feel free to reach out with any concerns!
My personal recommendation (for what it's worth) is for anyone that is low risk to consider an out of hospital birth. Do the research, interview midwives, find out if you'd be a good candidate, and know your options. Out of hospital birth with properly trained and licensed providers has always been a safe option for most pregnancies, and it has never been such an appealing option as now. I know that it's not possible for some, but if it's something that is available to you, it's worth looking in to. One of the reasons I chose to birth outside the hospital with my last 3 kids was my desire to have freedom to move around, have whomever I wanted there for support, and to eat and drink when I wanted to as well as to birth somewhere that isn't frequented by sick people. Keep in mind that many midwives and birth centers have payment plans and early-pay discounts. Some insurances cover their services as well. Don't misunderstand, hospital births are sometimes necessary and they can be amazing. I know that they are the only option for some families. Ultimately I just want you to know you have options. Whatever you decide, make sure that you are comfortable and confident with wherever you choose to bring your baby into the world!
I am an artist at heart and have been ever since I can remember. I have been blessed with four beautiful children and an amazing husband. One of my favorite things to do is help others capture beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.