The arrival of this previously unknown illness to our shores has sewn havoc and upended society in ways most of us never could have imagined just a few months ago. One of the populations it has affected in major but unforeseen ways are the women who are and were pregnant and/or about to give birth.
Hospitals are no longer places of refuge. It’s rough getting a health professional to come to your home. Partners, if they are allowed into the hospital with you at all, are only allowed for the birth. People are being sent home as soon as possible, and I can’t imagine how scary that might be for a first time mom.
In this case, a woman with complications was ordered to bed, in the hospital, until the birth of her child. Her husband, of course, was not allowed to visit (though he would be allowed to attend the birth).
Shona Moeller and her husband, Bob Conlin, were thrilled to have made it to week 29 in a rough pregnancy, even if it meant she had to be stuck in the hospital, in bed, for the duration. Still, he wondered if there wasn’t a way to lighten her mood, and for the two of them to stay connected, even though they couldn’t actually be together.
So Bob, crushing this husband thing, found a way for the two of them to still have a date night.
He sits 40 feet below her window with food, drinks, signs, and sometimes his mother or hers, just so Shona knows she (and their precious baby) are not alone.
Things aren’t idea, but with a baby who had less than a 1% chance of survival after Shona’s water broke at just 5 months, the couple feels lucky despite it all.
They work together as relationship coaches, so this has been an opportunity to practice what they preach, and to show the entire world what it looks like to support your partner through thick and thin.
Brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?
More of these stories, please!