If you’re a person with common sense and decency, then it’s second nature for you to wear a mask (and keep it on) before you step out to run errands. Ever since the coronavirus swept over the world and basically turned everything topsy-turvy, everyone’s been trying to cope as best as they can while doing their part to help flatten the curve. At least that’s the ideal way of going about it.
Unfortunately, even the importance of wearing masks has become a subject of debate, an argument of rights, and evidence of just how difficult some people can be.
Some moms are just not having it.
If a mom who’s about to go into labor and give birth while she struggles with indescribably physical pain, racing thoughts, and overwhelming emotions can go through the entire ordeal with a mask on, then surely it won’t hurt you to wear one yourself while you’re out.
Thankfully, a lot of people get it.
A vaccine and cure for the coronavirus may hopefully be underway but until then, everyone must really step up and play their part well in helping contain the virus and prevent the rise in number of cases.
And one easy way to go about doing so is by wearing. a. mask.
It’s not a question of comfort. Or style. (But guess what, even designers and other creative individuals have come up with masks that are both stylish and comfortable.)
It’s a matter of what you can do to stay safe while keeping everyone else around you safe as well.
And who better to clap back at the defiant ones than kickass moms who’ve just about been through it all?
These moms’ tweets are basically a way of encouraging others to do the same. If they can keep a mask on during labor and delivery, then surely others who need to do grocery shopping can do the same.
Others were quick to tell off some of the moms but a lot more weighed in on the importance of mask wearing.
Also, the mask wasn’t the real issue in labor and delivery, too.
It turns out the struggle wasn’t really in keeping the mask on. There was actually so much more, such as limited choices presented to them and restrictions they had to understand were necessary.
So much for that picture perfect birth plan. Limits were also understandably put on analgesia and water birth as well, due to infection concerns.
Moreover, not all moms were allowed to have their partners in the delivery room with them. Those who were more fortunate still had to comply with rules like seeing to it that their partner would only be in the delivery room for a maximum of one hour.
Then you have the moms who are suspected to have Covid-19.
Imagine immediately having to be separated from your little one right after giving birth.
That’s definitely going to take its toll.
Midwife and mother of five Marley Hall explains that these circumstances can definitely have a huge impact on bonding, postpartum depression, and breastfeeding. In fact, the immediate separation due to the mom being a suspected Covid-19 patient goes against the World Health Organization’s recommendation for mother and child to always be together if the mom is well enough to care for her child.
But apart from the strength and resilience of these moms (who, like many of us, wish that more and more people wear masks!), there’s another silver lining amidst the gray cloud looming over us all.
Mothers can breastfeed their babies without worry and fear of transmission.
Apparently, no sample of breast milk or amniotic fluid has been found to contain active coronavirus.
We love how it’s the strong moms reminding the rest of the world to do their part in the midst of this pandemic.
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