Buffalo Mom Featured in New York Times COVID-19 Pregnancy Story
For a lot of folks, 2020 was going to be a banner year -- weddings, graduations, and new babies.
The coronavirus pandemic, which began taking its toll in the United States last March, derailed many planned activities for 2020.
But a woman's pregnancy has its own schedule, and so many women navigated the births of their babies against the backdrop of a global pandemic.
Buffalo mom, Kate Glaser, was one of those women. And her story was featured today in the New York Times.
In the article, "The Psychic Toll of a Pandemic Pregnancy," by journalist Katherine Gammon, Glaser retells learning of her positive COVID-19 diagnosis:
"Two nurses came to deliver her results her in the waiting room. They were dressed in full gowns, masks, face shields and gloves.
“I knew by the eerie silence and the way they were dressed that I was Covid positive,” she said. “It was an emotional moment; I felt really disappointed and shocked and, as a mom, I felt a lot of guilt. What did I do wrong?”
Glaser is very active on social media, as the person behind Hope Rises. She posted about her test results on Facebook, and the post quickly went viral.
The New York Times article describes a study that will "follow more than 200 women around the world, from pregnancy to 18 months postpartum, to understand how Covid-19 and the pandemic response impacts pregnancy and infant health outcomes."
The study, launched in July, found from the first set of data, "more than 84 percent of women reported moderate to severe anxiety about giving birth during a pandemic."
The article states many women don't want to get tested for COVID-19 out of fear they'll be separated from their babies or other family members.
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