After a very unusual delivery, a mother from Atlanta has said that her family is now complete.
Monique Cook shared her story with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Today with Hoda and Jenna, as she was diagnosed with COVID-19 while eight-months pregnant.
She explained that she began feeling shortness of breath, and called her doctor and immediately went to the hospital.
“It was to the point where I just couldn’t breathe on my own,” Cook explained. “They sent me to the ICU and that’s when the young man came in and said they were going to give me a test for COVID-19.”
The expecting mother was then taken to delivery, where she had a C-section to deliver her twins.
“I remember slowly waking up,” said Cook. “I look down, and I have no big stomach, no babies.”
A nurse then explained that her babies were fine, and printed off pictures of her daughters as she was not allowed to see them after birth.
“They said I had to do the 14-day quarantine until I had both of my babies’ home within three days of each other,” she explained. “This family is complete, everybody is home.”
As more and more expecting mothers experience the fear of giving birth during this pandemic, we can’t even imagine giving birth while having the disease. Not to mention, the difficulty of not being able to see or hold your newborns for two weeks.
We are so glad to hear that both mama and the babies are now doing well, as we are sure this was an incredibly hard and terrifying time for all involved.