Blessings in Lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic began around the beginning of my pregnancy. I remember when my good friend gave birth in March 2020. I was thrilled for her and her new, beautiful baby boy. I also felt badly that she had experienced a “corona birth” with all the rules and restrictions attached. Even her husband wasn’t allowed to be with her for the birth (although her doula was there). She had no visitors, and the brit milah took place with six people in attendance—only the mohel and her immediate family.

I was three months pregnant at the time and clearly recall my thoughts. I naively assured myself, “When it’s my turn to give birth, things will surely be back to normal.

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