NewsPositively San Diego


New moms finding support from a distance during the pandemic

new moms find positivity during pandemic
Posted at 6:35 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 21:35:55-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — As we continue to maneuver our way through the pandemic, there's one group that remains to be a little more cautious than others.

Mothers with new babies are sharing how they are making it through these unprecedented times. New mom, Corinna Cozart, and husband, Arthur, were ecstatic for their first child, baby Kingston.

"I started right away planning for a home birth. I figured COVID really wouldn't impact it too much," says Cozart.

But just days before her son entered the world, Cozart says the assistant midwife came down with COVID-19. The family and birth team had to adjust, but then they faced yet another hurdle.

"It was the second day of being in labor, and my other support person got the news they were positive," said Cozart.

The family had to pack up and head to the hospital. Thankfully, little Kingston was healthy when he came into the world. Both mom and dad tested negative for COVID-19.

Mom of three, Jennifer Rentis, says her pandemic pregnancy was different compared to her previous two.

"It was so scary because we didn't know what was going on," says Rentis. "We didn't know how bad it was, especially for pregnant women."

Rentis says she ended up in the ICU for nearly three days after a C-Section birth. She says due to COVID-19, she "didn't get to see my husband, didn't get to see my baby."

Rentis says it's been challenging with an 8-, 2-, and 6-month-old, but she's been able to look at the bright side.

"It's been wonderful because I get to experience things that I didn't get to experience with my daughter," said Rentis.

The moms say they still have limited interaction with friends but having a virtual support system helps.

"A parent platform to talk to other moms that are going through the same situation or have experienced something similar to it," said Rentis.

"COVID stinks all around, but if other people are pregnant, at the moment, they really know what you're going through," says Cozart. "It just feels good to talk to someone who can relate."