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Mothers, nurses bond in NICU at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 11:17 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 23:17:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare is honoring mothers during this difficult time, especially those who have given birth in the middle of the pandemic.

The maternity wing at Tallahassee Memorial is still delivering babies during this pandemic.

They say guests may be limited but the experience of childbirth is still magical.

Kayla Gant is now a mom of two, recently giving birth to her son Jonah at Tallahassee Memorial in the middle of a pandemic.

"Of course there were restrictions of who could be there," said Gant.

Jonah was born five weeks early and put in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for six days.

Due to COVID-19 the NICU was a bit hard for Gant and her husband to navigate.

"Once I was discharged my husband wasn't able to go in," Gant said. "So while I was a patient we were both able to go in, but not allowed to be there at the same time."

TMH says those restrictions are in place for the safety of the babies.

Gant showed her four-year-old son and her husband Jonah through the window as he got stronger and progressed.

The changes are also bringing patients and nurses closer together.

"We are able to provide more support actually than when they have a whole family that might be in the room," said Mary Canova, the nurse manager of Perinatal Services at TMH.

Gant says that support made giving birth more relaxing for her.

"I was just more taken care of by hospital personnel, because that's all you had," Gant said.

Although there are restrictions, nurses ask parents and family to be understanding.

"It's all about keeping them safe, their new babies safe, the colleagues safe," said Jennifer Armstrong, the director Perinatal Services at TMH. "So when we come in they understand and it takes some of that fear."

Going the extra mile to make sure moms with their new bundles of joy have a safe and loving Mother's Day.

"It was just such a special time for my family," said Gant.

TMH will continue to limit guests until further notice.

The hospital wishes a happy mothers day to all the moms delivering babies in this rough time.