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Expert says hospitals remain the safest place to deliver a baby

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 20:47:05-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Delivering a baby isn't always easy, now add a pandemic to the mix and imagine how stressful that is for expecting moms.

But Rhiannon Park, a nurse manager for labor and delivery at Sisters of Charity Hospital, said everything is like it normally is, except everyone is wearing a mask.

"We've always focused on this like culture of safety and nothing there has really changed," she said

In fact, Park said things like no visitation and a limit of one person with the new mom, make it a more intimate and special experience.

"It kind of creates you know, a really more intimate experience between you and your significant other, or whoever you chose to have there," said Park. "And it also allows the staff to kind of get to know you a little bit better because you don't have people coming in and out all day long."

Once an expecting mom comes in, she will be evaluated. If staff determine she'll stay they do COVID-19 test.

"That helps us if we have to teach mom other ways to care for the baby, or things that she can do to help minimize exposure to her baby or anybody else," said Park.

And the safest place to deliver a baby, she said, is in the hospital.

"Whether it's a pandemic or not, it's still a very special experience and that really has always been a priority for us," she said.