Good Question: Should relatives be around newborns?

Brennan Somers
Updated: March 26, 2020 06:47 AM
Created: March 26, 2020 05:50 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We're getting a lot of questions about everything during this outbreak and today we have answers to a question about a tough topic for families right now during this crisis.

A viewer sent News10NBC’s Brennan Somers this email saying, "My husband and I are expecting our first grandchild any day now, while we are disappointed that we are unable to go to the hospital, we are also worried about when we can safely meet the baby. What are the current recommendations/guidelines for when a family can meet a newborn baby? We are very excited to meet her but we also don't want to put her in danger."


Somers passed those concerns along to the pediatrics team at Rochester Regional Health.

They say as long as we have to keep up social distancing and until this crisis has passed, grandparents should not meet or visit newborns.

Doctors agree, saying that's a good rule to follow for any relative or friends during this time.

So what can you do?

FaceTime and video call as much as possible to share special moments.

This will also do a lot of good, helping all the mom's who will spend so much time at home away from people and struggle with postpartum depression.

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