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‘Will my husband stay at home and miss the birth?’ My contractions were 8 minutes apart. I was shrieking in pain.’: Mom births baby during pandemic, ‘We pray we can all embrace again’

“Our parents cancelled their flights. We debated what to do. With each contraction, I started cursing for my husband. I needed him. In a movie-worthy scene, my husband arrived, breathless, as I dug my fingernails into his hand. Being in the midst of a pandemic while becoming a mother is something I truly never anticipated.”

‘I just spent 30 minutes under the hotest water, crying in the shower out of fear so I don’t scare my family.’: Nurse urges ‘our lives are just as important as the ones lying on the stretchers’

“Here I am today, shaken and crying. I’m not scared of this virus. I’m angry. Every day I set foot in the ER, there’s a high risk of contamination, injury, and possibly death because of lack of masks, gloves. Yet, without a second thought, I will always choose to risk my life to save someone else’s. That makes me extremely sad for my children. I hate that I’ve put them in this situation.”

‘My friends have children that are dying. 8 separate friends received devastating news this week, and they’re waiting for the inevitable.’: Woman urges ‘find your suffering friends and show them they are seen’

“We’re separated by a glass wall — those who can see the suffering but don’t know what to do with it are on one side. Grief is on the other side. Take a sledgehammer to that glass wall. Find the people who are scared. Find the friends who are depressed, the person overwrought with terrible grief. Show them they are seen and they are worthy.”

‘Tonight is the last night I’ll hug my kids goodnight or kiss my husband until god knows when. Please end this thing. My arms stay empty every day you don’t.’: ER nurse shares reality of pandemic on family life, ‘I’m doing my part, please do yours’

“Starting tomorrow, I’ll come home from work through my laundry room door. I’ll strip naked, including shoes, and put everything straight into the washing machine. I’ll sanitize everything I touched, then hand sanitize. The odds of me being exposed are now a 100% guarantee. For weeks, months, I won’t be able to receive the human touch of love from the people who love me most. This will be my life, every day.”

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