Midwives at North Central Bronx Hospital deliver over 960 babies in 2020
The height of the coronavirus
pandemic created struggles for families throughout the city, especially
Midwives at North Central
Bronx Hospital had to deal with the new challenges facing their patients.
One patient at the hospital,
Amanda Rivera, had to deal with delivering a baby during a pandemic a year after
losing her child.
“So I’m pregnant a year later
and a year later, it’s COVID,” Rivera says. “So my biggest fear was catching
COVID and God forbid losing my baby again.”
Rivera’s fears were eased by
Director at North Central Bronx Hospital and midwife Denise Wharton.
“We tried to make sure they
felt safe and well cared for,” Wharton says.
Rivera says her son’s heart
rate dropped during her stay, and Wharton ensured her it was going to be OK.
But, midwives like Lynn
Chapman say they are still haunted by the months that were so hard on New York
“Hearing the calls for
‘doctors state, anesthesia stat,’ to the ICU and to know someone was dying,”
Midwives tell News 12 that
technology like fetal monitors helped them stay socially distanced while
checking on patients. Top-line monitoring devices also allowed the midwives to
check on the baby’s and mother’s hearts.
Throughout 2020, the midwives
at North Central Bronx Hospital helped deliver over 960 babies and hope to
continue their work.