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While resources are still focused on fighting this outbreak, children's hospital doors are still open. Kids are being diagnosed with COVID-19 and are still coping with several serious and life-threatening illnesses. But it does not end there. A critical need has been identified amongst our obstetrics (OB) medical providers, especially in NYC.
They shared OB patients are unable to access infant care items during the current situation. Mothers are being discharged home, ill-prepared for the caring of a newborn without enough clothing or diapers. Many families are struggling financially, and even more so now, with the crisis’ great impact on this area.
One partner shared, “Several moms have also lost their partners due to the virus and are facing all this on their own. With the “NY on Pause” government order in place and limited stock available at nearby retailers, caregivers are unable to obtain the necessary items for their babies’ transition home. Community resources have been shut down. Most stores have closed or are out of most basic supplies. We now have a different kind of crisis on our hands, as parents are in tears, explaining their waits on long lines only to be turned away or leave empty handed. The hospital has given all we have, but we ourselves are also scrambling and experiencing shortages of infant care items.”
Our hospital partners serve an extremely diverse, socially vulnerable population; registries and baby showers are not customary. There is also a significant cultural component to the situation, as parents do not typically purchase supplies until the baby is in fact delivered safely. And some parents are now even too sick or too afraid to leave their homes.
COVID-19 continues to affect hospitals across the country. You can help them get a step ahead of this fight and stay there. Together, we can provide them with what they need, when they need it, to care for their patients.