New Parents Cannot Show Their Babies the World Due to Pandemic

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On average, more than 10,000 babies are born each day in the United States in the year 2018 alone. From the year 1990, this number has significantly increased.

Every day a mother gives birth to a child. Even now, when the coronavirus has changed people's lives of people, a new parent is recorded in the United States.

However, the virus has made everything for new parents more challenging.

NBC News gathered stories of new parents who are struggling with parenting now that a pandemic is continuously changing a lot of things.

New parents after coming out of hospitals

Emily LaCosse, a new mother to twins, gave birth in a hospital. She had a safe delivery on March 9 before the U.S. president declared a national emergency.

LaCosse and her family went home, and their plans before LaCosse gave birth were drastically changed. They went home without toilet paper, no visitors, and not even any help.

Although excited to show the world to their babies, the new parents felt that things were very complicated. 

LaCosse and her partner are hesitant about introducing their children to family and friends during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, for Jamal Gathers Sr. of Newton, Massachusetts, there are things he wanted his second son to experience early. However, because of social distancing, going to the park to smell things, hear the birds, and feel the sun (things Gathers want his kid to experience) have become impossible.

Similarly, Farrah Kokkosis from New York feels that everything has been on hold for her daughter Ridley, who was born on March 4.

New parents feel anxious 

For moms, dealing with postpartum depression is already difficult. Adding to this challenge is the spread of the coronavirus, which has heightened the fear that new moms experience.

Brittany Culbertson from Beaufort, South Carolina, often found herself crying two weeks after giving birth to her daughter. She said she feels it is because of her fear of the coronavirus.

Experts say that because of exhaustion, new parents may be vulnerable to anxiety and depression, which are caused primarily by the fact that they have no one else to turn to; no help is available for them.

To second-time parents, having a child during this time made them realize how the first one was easier.

Andrea Foran gave birth to her second child last March 3. They live in Long Island, New York, and her husband is working as an officer at the NYPD. She has been used to spending most of her time parenting alone because of the nature of her husband's job. However, the present pandemic makes her think that the first time she gave birth was a lot easier.

"Now, thinking back, I'm like, 'Wow, you idiot! Everything was fine, you worried about nothing,'" Foran said. 

Despite all these, new parents discovered the silver linings. Some families feel that it is a great thing that they are stuck together. Because of the pandemic, new parents like LaCosse think that the pandemic allowed them to spend more time with loved ones - something they have not done in the past.

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