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July 06, 2020 | Karen Louise Horst, MD

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Pregnancy is an exciting time for many women that comes with a rollercoaster of emotions, but pregnancy during a global pandemic carries a host of unexpected challenges. Worry, increased anxiety and stress are normal feelings that many women experience, but the pandemic may further increase these. If you are pregnant and find your stress levels increasing, bring up any concerns to your provider who can connect you with resources to help.

Some anxiety about the potential of getting sick is completely appropriate and can...

June 03, 2020 | Natalia Angulo-Hinkson

Navigating first time motherhood is both an exciting and challenging journey for all new parents, but becoming a first-time mom during a global pandemic comes with many unexpected feelings and some silver linings, too.

“Being isolated for more than eight weeks has been both lonely and incredibly special,” shared first-time mom Natalia Angulo-Hinkson.

This experience certainly hasn’t been what she and her husband expected.

“I envisioned my maternity leave to be a time to get things done and get out and see things, which hasn’t been the case, both because of the pandemic and because as a first-time mom, I clearly didn’t realize what having a newborn...

May 19, 2020 | Emily Herbst

Being pregnant during a global pandemic is something I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams, but here I am. On top of the uncertainty that comes along with a pregnancy during this time, I was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which added another level of fear and uncertainty.

We had just celebrated our unborn son at a baby shower with my entire family and friends the week before COVID-19 started to affect businesses and employees were being told to work from home. I was 23 weeks pregnant and went from feeling joyous and excited to the stark contrast of feeling confused and scared. My mind was flooded with questions: What would happen if I got sick?...

May 11, 2020 |

Kirsti Clifford and her husband were overjoyed to find out they were expecting their second child, a girl, due in June.

“I was so excited to give our daughter a sister and was really looking forward to my pregnancy and delivery because this time, I knew what to expect and felt more confident,” said Kirsti.

As she neared her third trimester, something she never could have expected, was that she’d be pregnant during a global pandemic.

“Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and challenging times in a woman’s life – and being pregnant during a pandemic is something I could have never anticipated and definitely heightened my level of anxiety,” said Kirsti...

May 04, 2020 | Natalia Angulo-Hinkson

When Natalia Angulo-Hinkson learned she was pregnant, she and husband, Cameron, were overjoyed to embark on their journey to parenthood together. As she started her third trimester, like any mom-to-be, she eagerly asked friends and colleagues about their birth experiences to have a better idea of what her own might look like.

As she neared her late March due date, news of COVID-19 was everywhere and she started to realize that her birth experience may not be the way she imagined it.

“Through all of this uncertainty, I tried to remain calm, monitor the situation and discuss any questions or concerns with my OB,” said Natalia.

A week past her due date,...