“We decided on a hospital birth because the labour and delivery ward has very safe and very strict protocols in place,” says Rebecca, “better than risking having to be rushed to hospital and having first responders in our home.”
The fathers were both allowed in the delivery but no visitors were allowed afterwards. Kelcie’s parents were heartbroken because they couldn’t be there for their daughter and nephew and they had no idea when they could finally meet Vivienne. Rebecca had the same emotions rushing through her, especially since her husband had to travel to Norway two weeks after Sophie was born. Rebecca was alone with her newborn for five weeks, pushing through with her strength. But there was a silver lining.
“Those first 2 weeks of isolation with just us as a family getting to know one another was special without any interruptions,” said Rebecca.
Despite the challenges and worries, both the mothers found the upside to a hard situation. Thanks to the lockdown, Kelcie and her husband enjoyed two months at home and alone, before Vivienne was born. And she wouldn’t change a thing.
“When she is older, we’ll tell Vivienne that she was born during a quarantine, and that we made every sacrifice to keep her safe,” said Kelcie.
Still, this is a difficult time, since parents have to decide between the safety of their baby and allowing loved ones to visit. We all hope that by the time Sophie and Vivienne grow up, there will be a vaccine and it will be safe for all of us to hug.
Content by Gaia Zol