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Parenting & Pregnancy: Labor and delivery during a pandemic

Dr. Kyle says although some things have changed during the pandemic, their care is still the same.

Posted: Sep 2, 2020 6:37 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 11:06 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- For obvious reasons, the delivery of a baby is different than it was just six months ago. Doctors, nurses and midwives are working under new safety guidelines, extra layers, and masks. But behind it, nothing has changed. They're doing their work with the same care and compassion they've always had.

“I have been so amazed by the resilience of my patients through this, and how strong mamas, papas, and partners can be. And I feel like a lot of people are thinking it's happening, so okay, let's do this,” said Dr. Brooke Kyle with Women’s Care.

Dr. Kyle said although some things have changed during the pandemic, like launching telemedicine to connect with their patients or rearranging their office to promote social distancing and safety, their care is still the same.

“I’m blessed my partners and midwives that are really adaptable, so we were able to roll with the punches and maintain the warmth, care, and commitment we have with the background of safety,” Kyle said.

All nurses, doctors, and hospital staff are wearing masks.

All laboring moms get a COVID-19 test when they come in, allowing those that test negative to labor without wearing a mask.

Kyle said it's just as they've always done, doing what they can to welcome babies safely into the world. She said one of her favorite births happened at the start of this pandemic.

“It was just beautiful. It was just as everyone wanted. It was just perfectly and she delivered,” Kyle said.

Right as everything shut down and there was so much unknown, a beautiful baby entered the world.

“In the moment, it seemed so special, it really showed the beauty of humanity,” Kyle said.

Mom and baby immediately skin to skin. Dad stood cooing to his brand-new baby.

“It was just one of those moments, little pockets of time, where I said I need to really just really appreciate the beauty of birth so that when times are tough you have that in your back pocket and can pull out,” Kyle said.

Labor and delivery rooms at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend are designed to promote low-intervention births but are ready with extra help if needed. RiverBend also has a level-three NICU to help babies that need extra care right on the same floor.

“Life goes on. It's been really special to be a part of births and realize that life still goes on despite pandemics. And it a beautiful thing to be involved in. And a great reminder of why I do what I do,” Kyle said.

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