It’s one thing to be isolated at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s another thing to be quarantined while pregnant.
But that’s the case for many women right now including Married at First Sight alum, Jamie Otis.
Jamie recently showed off her 35-months pregnancy photo on Instagram and announced that she’s decided on a new birth plan.
Jamie is considering a home birth
The 33-year old reality star posted in part, “to be very honest, if this pandemic never came there’s not a chance I would’ve ever considered a home birth.
“I didn’t know a lot about them and as a Labor & Delivery nurse I learned the safest place to have your baby is in the hospital.
“….but then COVID19 came.”
She then added: “We weighed every single option and thoroughly RESEARCHED. I prayed and meditated and just asked for signs … and the other day when I met with my midwife I just *knew* a home birth is going to be safest and best for us during this time.”
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35 wks & It’s official!!! We are having a HOME BIRTH!🤰🏼…I may deliver him right here in my very own tub.👶🏼🌈 If anyone has advice re: birthing without pain medication I would be so THANKFUL if you share with me!🙏🏻 Prior to this decision my birth plan was one word: EPIDURAL.😂 Now I’m birthing him without any option for pain meds! I’m confident I can do it 💪🏼 but I’ll take allllll the tips you have bc I *need* them!🤰🏼👏🏻💗 …To be very honest, if this pandemic never came there’s not a chance I would’ve ever considered a home birth.🙅🏼♀️ I didn’t know a lot about them and as a Labor & Delivery nurse I learned the safest place to have your baby is in the hospital. ….but then COVID19 came.😬 We weighed every single option and thoroughly RESEARCHED. I prayed and meditated and just asked for signs🙏🏻 … and the other day when I met with my midwife I just *knew* a home birth is going to be safest and best for us during this time.🤱🏻 Doug and I shared more about it with @people today (I’ll put the link in my bio if you wanna watch us chat about why we think home birth is best for us). PS so many people think my belly looks small – it’s gotta be the angle of the bump pics BC OHMYGOSH!!! HE SEEMS SO BIG TO ME!🥵
Hospitals in New York have implemented a new policy
Jamie and her 36-year-old hubby, Doug, currently reside in New York, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.
The Huffington Post reported that last month, several hospital networks in New York City banned partners from delivery rooms, potentially leaving thousands of pregnant women to deliver babies alone.
While this rule is to promote the safety of babies and mothers, it has to be devastating for many families to learn that they would miss out on a monumental moment.
Jamie and Doug are already parents to their 2-year-old daughter, Henly Grace, and are now expecting a baby boy.
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32 weeks pregnant but I look 42 weeks!🤷🏼♀️ And boy was I WRONG!😬 We fly home tomorrow and I’d be lying if I said I’m not scared.😷 I wish we went home a couple weeks ago, but we didn’t realize how serious this corona virus is. • I’m not one who can’t admit when I’m wrong. I believe that those who can recognize their faults, apologize, and take action to change are good people. I try not to live in fear.🙏🏻 I really believed if I just kept a safe distance & sanitized myself, my family, and everything we touched we’d be fine going out & living as normal as possible.🤦🏼♀️ • During the last few weeks we obvs went to the beach. We went to the pool (but found a spot 6ft away from the few others who were there). We took Gracie to the playground but made sure to wash our hands really well after. All along I was risking our family and others without even realizing it.😕 • I assumed this whole covid 19 thing would kinda just blow over like the seasonal flu, but it’s A LOT more serious than I ever could have imagined.😔 • ***I want to send out a sincere apology to YOU bc by me going out to “live as normal as possible” I was risking YOU and YOUR FAMILY.🙏🏻 I’m a registered nurse and I should know better. I’m ashamed of myself for this and I’m genuinely sorry.🙏🏻 We will not be living so frivolously any longer. • I have gloves & masks for our trip home tomorrow & of course sanitizer…to protect ourselves and to protect *others*from us and our silly choices.💯 It’ll be our last trip out for a long, long time. No matter what we “need” we will not be going to the grocery store or any other place for two full weeks once we get home. Our plan is to STAY HOME & STAY SAFE!☺️ • I hope you’re staying safe, too! We will all get through this together. Sending you SO MUCH LOVE & thinking of YOU!💗
Why home birth?
The couple recently spoke with People, via video chat, noting that they did lots of research before making the decision to opt for a home birth.
“The fact that I may or may not be able to be a support person at the delivery in the hospital [and] what do we do with our daughter if I can’t leave the hospital?” Doug said. “At least with our house, we know it’s a more controlled environment.”
Jamie, who is a labor and delivery nurse, says concerns about her baby contracting COVID-19 while at the hospital, also played a part in their decision.
“What if my baby contracts it and he’s stuck in a hospital in the midst of this pandemic? … It was just a nightmare.”
Jamie and Doug also shared a word of advice for other pregnant couples, noting that the right decision will arise by “educating yourself, and finding out what’s best for you and your family.”
The Married at First Sight alums are set to welcome their new bundle of joy next month.
Meanwhile, you can check out season 10 of Married at First Sight, which is gearing up for its finale, Wednesday at 8/7c on Lifetime.