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Childbirth during circuit breaker

"The birth of my son during the COVID-19 and circuit breaker period. This meant that skin-to-skin contact upon his birth would be hindered by a surgical mask. A typically joyous situation where friends and family would visit the latest bundle of joy and shower him with love is replaced by contactless courier deliveries. In doing our part to stay safe and stay home, even my husband’s mother (a first time grandma) couldn’t visit and cuddle with him. The postpartum period has always been a time when family and emotional support is important, yet we can only connect virtually and be there for one another in a very different way than we have imagined. For now, we can only wait for the measures to loosen and trust that eventually we will prevail over the pandemic."--Contributed by Yvonne Cheng, as part of the "Documenting COVID-19 in Singapore" collection community call.

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All rights reserved. Yvonne Cheng, 2020

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