Ep 71: Rachel’s Birth Story – Giving Birth in New York During COVID-19 – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #71: Rachel's Birth Story - Giving Birth in New York During COVID-19

Welcome back to another birth story episode everyone!

Before we start in on this story about giving birth during COVID-19, I want to acknowledge the huge protests going on in America and abroad at the time of this recording. These protests, begun after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, are happening in response to the racism that is embedded into our societies and institutions. I have always worked to lift up and serve all mamas, but promise to continue my commitment to helping Black mamas in particular navigate America's racist medical system. 

Alright, on to this fascinating and wonderful birth story with Rachel Givens. Rachel, her husband and their new baby live in Brooklyn Heights, and she is the Head of Accounts and Production at the feedfeed, a crowdsourced food publication.

At the time Rachel gave birth, things were changing minute to minute at hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, she talks about how she and her husband prepared for the possibility that Rachel would have to give birth alone at the hospital. We also discuss what the overall experience was like, giving birth to a big baby after a long labor, why her supportive community was so essential, and how she navigated postpartum mastitis.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Rachel and her husband prepared for the birth of their baby during COVID-19
  • Why she feels that everyone should consider having a doula & how their doula offered virtual support
  • What the days leading up to Rachel's birth were like and how they prepared for their hospital stay
  • Why it is excellent to have birth wishes but essential that you are flexible during labor and birth
  • How the staff were during the birth and postpartum period 
  • What Rachel did to work through mastitis in the postpartum period
  • Why it is so important to have communities that can lift you up during and after pregnancy and birth

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Pregnancy, hospital birth, coronavirus, COVID-19, doula, mastitis

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