Hi, Poonam. Hi. Nice to fulfill you. My contractions are about 15 minutes aside. And Im about to get pulled into an O.R. at Cornell to have a C-section. Like any minute now, theyre going to come back pull me by that door. And Im gloved-up and masked-up. And my husbands all suited-up. Hes actually in a hazmat go well with. Doctor: Dad, do you need to seize these footwear and throw them? Theyre pulling me in. I’ve to go. Thank you. My identify is Poonam Sharma Mathis. My husband is Kris Mathis. We have a 4-year-old, Pierce Mathis. I would like some Monday motivation, Pierce. My first start was fairly uneventful. The child got here out, we made eye contact after which I closed my eyes, and I awakened within the restoration room. Everybody was kissing him and hugging him. And I felt just like the group and the village that hes so blessed to be an element of was there. I grew up with lots of prolonged household and lots of love. Wed been wanting a woman on this era so badly. So once we discovered we have been having a woman, we have been simply grateful. I used to be 37 weeks pregnant once they began to difficulty stay-at-home orders. OK, so I’m formally scared. Im having contractions this morning. I’m not a hypochondriac. Im not any person whos actually vulnerable to basic mass hysteria. But we’re Im breathless. We are coping with one thing we dont perceive. Kris: Only a pair of days previous to our start, they’d been saying no companions, no spouses. I used to be most likely one of the primary spouses that was allowed into the hospital. I used to be strolling, and it was like, don’t contact something. Make positive your masks is on. Put the booties over your footwear. My husband may catch it proper now. Right? He may convey it residence, and provides it to my son whos Four and a half. And theres a thought of going residence with my daughter, after which simply instantly quarantining myself and my daughter. Doctor: All proper, Mom, are you prepared? Do you need to open your eyes for me? No? Her identify is Asha: 7 kilos, 11 ounces. They put her pores and skin on my chest. But I had a masks on, so I wasnt respiration on her. Daddy is cuddling along with her. Its bizarre. She opened her eyes proper when she was born actually broad. And then I havent seen her eyes since. She didnt like what she noticed or one thing. Our expectations have been that I most likely wasnt going to be there anyway. So simply being there for the supply and seeing the child, assembly the child, it was a extremely thrilling factor for me. You notice you must do a father-daughter dance, and provides her away at some point? But then instantly after the start, I needed to say goodbye. Say, good night time. Sweet goals. Its 11:30 at night time. Im in my room. I simply breastfed. [Asha crying] I wore a masks, and I threw up. The solely excellent news is that they let her keep in my room as a result of infants are usually not being saved within the nursery proper now. Theyre being saved with the mother. The subsequent step is that we’re ready for information of my coronavirus standing. Based on that outcome, theyll determine how a lot interplay Ill be having along with her, for her personal security. So now we wait. I simply need to kiss her. It was actually thrilling to search out out that we examined unfavourable, as a result of that meant I may kiss her head. But its undoubtedly totally different delivering and recovering in a hospital throughout coronavirus, and it hit me yesterday. Yesterday was the worst day of bodily ache in my life. I genuinely thought I would die. This is one of probably the most intense surgical procedures you’ll be able to have, is a C-section. But if in case you have any air bubbles that go into your abdomen once they reduce you open, which is regular, these air bubbles dont come out instantly. Then they float round your physique, I assume, they usually really feel like knives stabbing you from the within till they arrive out. And they dont need to come out. It is so traumatic being right here with out any person to advocate for you when issues go flawed, as a result of theres an excessive amount of occurring. They are overwhelmed. Im pushing the decision button to get care, they usually dont come instantly. And final time I gave start right here, 4 and a half years in the past, they did all the pieces instantly as a result of they have been in a position to. I used to be in a lot ache for therefore lengthy, and ready for my medicine for therefore lengthy, that I used to be throwing up. I threw up eight occasions from ache. It looks like I used to be in a horror film the place they chopped any person up, however then the particular person escapes and is working to security. And thats a ridiculous factor to say. We have one of the best well being care. Were in one of the best metropolis. But thats the way it feels. I simply need to get her residence as quickly as doable. And hopefully then Im in a position to stroll and stand, and do one thing to assist my husband take care of these youngsters. Thursday at round 1:30, my husband and son got here and picked us up. She was so excited to fulfill you she didnt know what to do. Asha. I havent left the upstairs from Thursday until now. Its Monday morning. Theres a lot household thats simply ready, itching to hurry in and be with us. And who is aware of if that can occur earlier than shes three months previous. One toe is form of curving. Yeah. Will she wrap her finger round your finger if you happen to put it in there? Poonam: Shes like a bit of animal, huh? Youre going to be such an excellent massive brother. Poonam: Mm-hmm. Im simply grateful that shes wholesome. Im grateful that up to now, my husband and myself and my son are wholesome. I have a look at her eyes, and I do consider that the eyes present one thing even from start. Whenever she does open her eyes, she simply seems to be and shes simply laser-focused. And its not a curious focus. Its like like she is aware of she must be calm proper now or one thing. I had an ideal aunt who all the time stated that if she may come again, shed come again as my daughter. So perhaps thats her, I hope. If so, nothings going to maintain her down.