by Frida Mom
The parenting resources to tackle all the COVID-19 plot twists
As a parent, you’re sort of conditioned to expect the unexpected. Nothing ever goes as planned, and that’s all part of the charm, you know? But there’s a big difference between “unexpected” and a global pandemic that has changed life as we know it for the foreseeable future. So we’ve put together a guide of resources from experts and our friends in the pediatric and obstetric medical communities to offer some guidance, advice, and support for all of you just trying to keep your heads above water. Whether you’re pregnant during the pandemic (pregnademic?), a new mom on your own with a fresh baby at home, or a seasoned pro juggling Zoom calls with naps and crafts, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re pregnant during the pandemic, start here.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated their guidelines for pregnant people during the pandemic, including when to test for COVID-19. Your provider will be following the ACOG algorithm on assessment and management for pregnant people suspected of having COVID-19. If you have any symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, chest pain or tightness, or difficulty breathing), report them to your doc ASAP.
If you’re due during the pandemic, check in with your doctor and where you’ll be delivering to find out what precautions they’re taking and any updates to their policies about birth partners and birth support people. Many hospitals and birthing centers are prohibiting visitors and only allowing one support person to be present. If you were planning on using a doula during your labor and delivery, ask them about virtual services.
New or first-time mom? We can help.
If there’s ever a time you need your village, it’s in those early days and weeks after having a baby. But these days, our village has to go virtual. Surround yourself (at an acceptable social distance) with the people who you lean on most. Breastfeeding? Check out what the CDC has to say about taking precautions when it comes to COVID-19 and nursing, and read up on what the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine recommends for breastfeeding moms in the hospital and at home.
As always, we’re here for you at Frida, too. We’ve got the bases covered on all things labor, delivery and postpartum recovery. Don’t know what to pack in your hospital bag or stock in your bathroom for those few weeks postpartum? Our vag squad is here for you.
We’re looking out for you seasoned pro moms, too.
We’ve all got a lot of balls in the air right now. Maybe you’re working from home now, while also trying to homeschool your kids, keep them entertained, and keep your house from falling into complete disarray (seriously, how many dishes can kids use on a daily basis, and why is there so much laundry when we don’t go anywhere?!). We’re trying to balance the normal(ish) when talking to our kids about the pandemic in a way they’ll understand. This video from the American Academy of Pediatrics was super helpful in figuring out how to talk to and support our little ones.
Child Mind Institute is a go-to resource for all things related to parenting during a pandemic. They’re offering incredible support to families during this crisis, from tips to managing your child’s fears and anxiety to help with distance learning. You can even schedule a telemedicine appointment to speak with an expert clinician for evaluation and treatment for a number of mood, spectrum, or learning disorders.
The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be, so brush up on how to best protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 or how to care for someone who has the virus with this comprehensive resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics and HealthyChildren.org.
We’re living in unprecedented times, and it can seem like something new is thrown at us every single day. But just know, we’re all in the same (very rocky) boat with you - and we want to make sure that you’re feeling as supported and empowered as possible while we navigate this new normal.