Nurses and Doctors Had Babies Too!
Many COVID-positive pregnant patients were able to safely deliver at UMMS hospitals in their own communities. Several of these mothers are also nurses, physicians and other team members who work in these hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic.
Nkechinyere Nwaobasi, MD, FACOG, an obstetrician at UM Prince George's Hospital Center, had her own son, Nwalozie Nlemadim, at the hospital.
Amber Green, RN, had her son, Emmett Joseph Green, at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, the hospital where she is as an emergency department nurse. Emmett was born December 21, and was the first case of a COVID-positive baby born to a COVID-positive mother at the hospital. Both mother and baby are doing well.
When the pandemic first arose, Jennifer Kaminski, RN, a Mother-Baby Unit nurse at UM St. Joseph Medical Center, was already in her last trimester with her third child. She needed to know quickly the best way to care for herself and her patients as this new threat arrived.
"It was a little scary having our first patient with COVID – just having patients who were so sick," Kaminski said. "But we were prepared. It's just the unknown in the early days."
Her son, Logan, was born April 23, healthy and with no complications.
"He just radiates health and makes us all whole," Kaminski said. "When he was born, I didn't feel scared, because I had him on my own unit, and people I knew were caring for me."
Her husband, Daniel, was able to be at her side. She knew what to expect with masking and precautions because she’d been the nurse on the unit caring for other mothers.
“But I definitely wanted to get home to my two older kids,” she said. Harper is 7, and Ben is 5. “We FaceTimed with them after Logan was born.”
Still, life is different under the pandemic. It dominates so many decisions parents have to make, Kaminski said. Her older kids attend school virtually. On her days off from work, she supervises them as they attend lessons online.
“We wonder if a play date is safe. We have to be careful to protect our parents and grandparents. My parents help us with child care, and my mother is immune-compromised, so I want to protect them. I feel like my mom tries not to hug and kiss as much.”
Kaminski never got COVID-19, and was one of the first round of front-line UMMS team members to get vaccinated.
“I have to admit I was a little wary at first, because I was still breastfeeding, but I asked my doctors and the people I work
with, and everyone said, 100 percent, I should get the vaccine,” Kaminski said.