I came across an article on The Star Online yesterday about a new mom who shared her experience on what giving birth is like during the pandemic. It got me thinking of moms everywhere who are pregnant, about to give birth, or had just given birth. This crisis has changed our lives in countless ways, and that means the birthing experience has too.
Just a couple of months ago, we were blessed to be able to bring our babies home and enjoy the excitement of having family and friends over to welcome the new bundle of joy. Many new moms like myself had no idea what we were doing (despite having read so many books on how to take care of a newborn) and yet, we had a ton of support to lean on.
With new restrictions and measures being implemented in hospitals, expectant mothers are forced to manage their birth and post-delivery at the hospitals single-handedly. Spouses and companions are not allowed in labour rooms and wards due to the higher level of precautions hospitals are taking during this time. This means that expectant mothers will have to face a new level of worry and anxiety of not having their loved ones by their side during this special time.
Tim and I had a difficult birth, and I was in the labour room for what seemed like the longest time. I struggled through delivery even with my husband and my mom in the labour room with me. I don’t even want to imagine how it would be like without them by my side. It would be a total nightmare.
Post-delivery, moms in Malaysia are facing difficulties getting confinement ladies to take care of them and their newborns. I’m sure you already know that the postpartum period is an incredibly delicate time for new moms around the world. Which means that without the support they need, things can be really tough.
With the emergency c-section I had, I was not even able to get out of bed to take care of my baby post-delivery. I remember having my mom and my sister to take care of me and my baby. They were always cradling him at night and in the morning, comforting him whenever he cries.
I can understand how difficult it must be for family members to have to social distance themselves from new moms and their newborn babies. I hope that all moms will find the patience and strength to go through this difficult time, and are able to have the support they need to go through postpartum with a little bit of ease.