Pregnant women are concerned about hospital births in light of coronavirus outbreaks and little information about how it might affect them

Pregnant women are concerned about hospital births in light of coronavirus outbreaks and little information about how it might affect them

Business·2020-03-07 04:48

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Crystal Cox/Business Insider; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

Pregnant women who are due to give birth in the next couple months are considering how their plans may need to shift in light of .

One told Insider she’s worried she’ll endure the labor and delivery alone if her mom isn’t able to travel and her husband needs to stay home with their son.

Other women who’d already planned midwife-assisted birth center births are especially glad they’ll be able to avoid the hospital.

Experts say pregnant women should be especially careful to avoid catching the virus, but there’s no indication moms can pass it to their babies.

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When pregnant women and their families make birth plans, they’re typically imagining the best-case scenario – detailing who they do (and don’t) want in the room, what medication options they want, and whether they’d like to be able to sit on a ball or push in a tub, for instance.

But Jen Judson, who’s 33 weeks pregnant, is more preoccupied with her worst-case scenario plan: delivering her baby in the hospital alone.

The Arlington, Virginia, journalist had planned to have her husband by her side. But that arrangement could be foiled if the novel coronavirus outbreaks prevents her mom, who has diabetes, from flying into town to look after their toddler while Judson is in labor.

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