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Supporting parents with a new baby during COVID-19

While bringing a new baby home from the hospital is typically an exciting time for parents, coming home with a newborn during the COVID-19 pandemic may be added stress and frustration.

“Having a newborn is already exhausting,” says board certified OB/GYN Ashley Lane, D.O., in practice at CMH OB/GYN Clinic in Bolivar. “However, now we’re also seeing other obstacles parents are experiencing such as isolation from family, job loss, financial stress, loss of social connection and more.”

During the pandemic, families should do everything they can to protect their newborn babies including avoiding crowds, staying away from sick people, hand-washing and keeping things clean. Along with important prevention measures, Dr. Lane emphasizes that during this time new moms need to make self-care a priority.

“It’s OK to pay attention to your own needs,” says Dr. Lane. “Rest as much as you can, relax, ask for help and connect with others through video chats and social media so you don’t feel isolated. Never hesitate to ask for advice from your physician. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed or think you might be experiencing postpartum depression, talk to us. Citizens Memorial Hospital offers telemedicine behavioral health visits and we can connect with you in the comfort of your own home.”

Dr. Lane reminds relatives, friends and neighbors to reach out to a family with a newborn.

“While we’re all social distancing, support doesn’t need to disappear,” she explains. “Think about ways you can encourage a family with a newborn. Offer to grocery shop or pick up supplies, drop off meals, safely supervise older siblings, walk their dog or be a virtual visitor.”

Other specialists at CMH OB/GYN clinic include board certified physicians Sarah Kallberg, D.O., and Shelly Meents, M.D., and nurse practitioner Kelly Raney, FNP-BC.  

CMH OB/GYN offers complete pregnancy care, 3D/4D ultrasounds, infertility testing and treatment, as well as laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation services. The physicians perform laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery, robotic-assisted surgery and an in-office Her Option endometrial ablation procedure.

CMH OB/GYN Clinic accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. To schedule an appointment call CMH OB/GYN at 417-777-8131.

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