Ep 68: Jessica's Birth Story - Choosing to Induce Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #68: Jessica's Birth Story - Choosing to Induce Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I'm really excited to share this week's birth story episode with you because it is especially timely right now. Since we are continuing to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to speak with someone who gave birth in these circumstances. I hope it gives all of the moms-to-be an idea of what to expect and a bit of reassurance.

Jessica Geocaris is our guest today and recently gave birth to her second child. She and her partner have a beautiful blended family of six kids, having just added their newborn son to their household. 

Jessica and I talk about her prenatal care and how she prepared for her birth, especially as she could see the COVID-19 situation developing. We discuss her previous experience with preeclampsia and how this informed her decision to push for an induction at 37 weeks.

We also chat about what it was like at the hospital as the coronavirus pandemic was becoming bigger news in the US, how the staff made sure she had a good birth experience, and what it's been like having a brand-new baby with everything going on in the world.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What Jessica's prenatal care was like as the situation with COVID-19 was developing
  • How she and her partner prepared for her birth, including the possibility of reducing family access to the delivery room
  • What Jessica learned about her body and her blood pressure during her previous pregnancy
  • Why she decided to push for an induction at 37 weeks 
  • How the hospital staff helped Jessica have a great birth experience even with the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus
  • What extra supplies to consider bringing to the hospital if you're going to give birth in the near future
  • How the postpartum period has been harder for Jessica and her family than it would be in normal times

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Pregnancy, birth, hospital birth, COVID-19, coronavirus, induced labor, birth story

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