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North County mom told she'll have to deliver twins alone

North County mom
Posted at 6:35 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 09:35:52-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A North County woman is hoping her husband will be able to join her in the operating room for the birth of their twins.

Kimberly and Sean Birkett, from Vista, found out they were expecting twins last October and the twins scheduled delivery is on May 25.

Due to COVID-19, the couple says they found out Kimberly would have to go through delivery by herself. Kimberly is considered a high-risk pregnancy because of potential complications with one of the babies and will give birth in an operating room, not a standard delivery room.

The family has Kaiser health insurance and are scheduled to deliver in Riverside. They have looked for other affiliated hospitals that will allow her husband in the OR, but because of the potential complications, they also need a hospital that has a NICU, just in case.

The Birketts say Kaiser told them things could change closer to the due date and they are hoping they'll be able to experience the birth of their twins together.

10News reached out to Kaiser to find out more about their labor and delivery guidelines during COVID-19, but so far have not heard back. On their website, it does say only one birthing partner is allowed, but it does not specify for deliveries in the operating room.