Reports of cruel policies where mothers are separated from or restricted access to their newborns are pouring in all over the country. The repetitive response from those implementing these unjustifiable policies continues to be some form of washing one’s hands of any responsibility towards the individuals being served, in exchange for the greater good of humanity.
Here is an excerpt of the story of a woman who wasn’t allowed to see her husband for days. Warning: The liberal article twists and turns in a most infuriating way as it attempts to justify the unjustifiable – absolving all parties of their actual duties towards others.
By 6 a.m. on Monday, Jordan had fought off a Cesarean she didn’t want, agreed to be induced, and gave birth to a baby girl, whom they named Ellison. She was still on the delivery bed when she learned that she would not be allowed to hold her baby or be in the same room with her, pending the coronavirus-test results. “They separated me from my baby. I never saw her further than my knee,” she said. “Not touching or seeing my child’s face, no skin-to-skin — I cried a lot about that.” She said she wasn’t allowed to take a video of her daughter being bathed at a distance, or even glimpse her in the nursery through a window. Jordan was handed a breast pump and put in a room with another woman in the same boat, who she remembers sobbed when she asked if she could see her baby.
In another story, the Chicago Tribune normalizes such barbaric practices, giving weight to their “okayness” with AAP’s professional approval. Amazingly, the author admits that we are just doing this right now because we don’t know what’s right. That’s exactly it!
After Faber gave birth to a boy, a nurse held up the infant for Faber to see, announced his weight — and then carried him out of the room. Her son Lucas was healthy. But Faber, of Darien, had tested positive for COVID-19 while giving birth at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, so the baby was taken to neonatal intensive care as a precaution. Faber didn’t get to touch her child. It would be 12 days before she could hold him. Faber was devastated, but she understood. “It was just disheartening because what could I do?” said Faber, 39. “All I kept thinking was, I just want to make sure he’s OK. I wanted him to be safe.” Chicago-area hospitals, and others across the country, are recommending that mothers with COVID-19 be separated from their newborns right after birth, in line with guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.