Is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic leading more and more people to put off having a baby -- or will all this time spent at home lead to a baby boom?
Labor nurse, birth coach, and Bundle Birth founder Sarah Lavonne tells Dr. Ian Smith that the COVID-19 crisis is actually leading to fewer people having babies. In fact, she says research has shown there will be 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births in the upcoming year. She feels this could be related to the economic uncertainty that so many people are facing, along with health risks related to having a baby and giving birth during a pandemic.
The birth coach says another change for expecting parents related to COVID is that more and more people are taking online childbirth classes and more people are educating themselves in better and more robust ways about the birth process and how to best protect themselves.
Sarah says the pandemic created a major hurdle for her as a birth coach as she is no longer allowed in hospitals due to safety concerns. When the virus hit, she had parents who were expecting her to be with them during the birth, but this all changed nearly overnight. Luckily, she has been able to pivot her business and she is now coaching new parents virtually as they welcome their children.
If you are a soon-to-be parent, Sarah notes there are plenty of support options available despite the pandemic which will help moms and dads not feel alone in this sometimes scary process. Plus, meet mom Taylor, who recently welcomed her child and had Sarah virtually coach her, in the video below.