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Woman contracts COVID at 9 months pregnant, delivers baby with family watching from outside Broward Health Coral Springs hospital room – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

Woman contracts COVID at 9 months pregnant, delivers baby with family watching from outside Broward Health Coral Springs hospital room – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
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CORAL SOURCES, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman in South Florida had to take drastic action when she found out she was positive for COVID-19 when she was nine months pregnant.

Julie Harris’ positive COVID-19 result eventually changed her plans, but luckily at Broward Health Coral Springs there was a way for family members to be present for the delivery, without actually being in the area. room.

New parents Julie and Jordan beamed as they left the hospital on Friday morning with their baby boy Jordan Patrick (JP) in tow.

The newborn baby was born happy and healthy, but not as expected.

“Our original plan was to have both my mom, my sister and Jordan’s mom for the birth,” Julie said.

Julie had a fairly mild pregnancy, but that all changed in December when COVID-19 cases skyrocketed in the community.

“We ended up contracting the virus on Christmas Day, like a lot of families, and I had already started isolating myself because I was seeing the numbers spike and I was nervous, and that was exactly what I was doing. didn’t mean to, ”Julie said,“ but luckily our symptoms were very mild.

“With omicron, the recommendation is still the same for COVID,” said Dr Heather Gabai-Hernandez of Broward Health. “After 39 weeks, we can decide to electively induce patients. If we balance that out, the benefits outweigh the risks of keeping them pregnant.

Due to COVID, family members couldn’t be in the delivery room, but they weren’t too far away.

They could see little JP coming through a window in Julie’s first floor suite.

“It made me feel so much better. I mean, having them able to be there and hold my hands, hold my knees, would have been so much better and preferred, but just knowing that they were there, cheering me on and cheering me on almost like that. they were in the room, since I had them at least on speakerphone, I felt like they were in the room, ”Julie said.

“At any time, moms can open the blinds, then families outside the windows can spot the baby,” said Melissa Leamon of Broward Health.

The Harris family were grateful and are ready to experience a new chapter with their first baby.

“Probably feeding and bringing the family and starting to enjoy being our little family of three,” Julie said.

Julie and JP are doing well and the newborn has tested negative for COVID-19.

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