Grandparents, extended family now have to greet newborn babies via video conferencing

Hospitals restrict visitors, even for new born babies, during COVID-19 pandemic

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The birth of a newborn is supposed to be a joyous occasion for families.

However, normal procedures, like having parents and extended family members in the waiting room, are now null and void during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WAFB’s Carmen Poe spoke with Alaina McNabb who is a new mother that had to adapt to visitation changes at Woman’s Hospital because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Every patient and visitor to Woman’s Hospital are screened for the risk of COVID-19.

“Every time you leave the hospital you will be required to go back through screening, regardless of the duration of your absence or it is within the same day,” hospital officials say.

Visitation has also been limited from 9:00 am-9:00 pm. One support person will be allowed to stay with a patient. Visitation has also been limited to two visitors per day, including the support person.

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McNabb says it’s a good thing technology has advanced. Video conferencing can help soften the blow of not having family members by your side during the birth of your child.

“Just because I have such a big support system and knowing they could not be there today with me was just really hard on me,” McNabb says.

Not only was this moment the first time McNabb’s parents and extended family saw the seven-pound, three-ounce baby, it’s also when they found out the littlest one was a girl.

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“Yes! Yes, we had a little girl,” McNabb says. “We just counted to three and then we pulled the cover back and saw her little pink hat and they were all jumping up and down.”

Emma Grace McNabb was born at 8:10 am Wednesday, March 18.

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The looming threat of the coronavirus might keep loved ones at a distance.

McNabb says for the new moms don’t let that get you down, just pick up your phone.

“It’s going to be very hard but it’s what’s best for your baby,” McNabb says. “I feel everything. I feel joy. I feel happiness. Love. Everything.”

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