What to expect when you're expecting during a pandemic

Pregnancy at work
In this photo illustration, a pregnant woman is seen at the office work station in London, England.
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Pregnancy in the age of the coronavirus crisis has turned an already-stressful situation into one of unique challenges.

Pregnant patients are changing their birth plans, their prenatal care is interrupted, and the number of visitors has been restricted.

And on top of that, there seems to be a lack of information about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant patients and newborns.

A midwife and OB-GYN joined the program and examined what precautions should be taken during this time.

Guests:

Rebecca Polston is the owner and director of Roots Community Birth Center.

Dr. Regan Theiler is the obstetrics chair at Mayo Clinic.

Audrey Dorelien is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School and has conducted research in how the flu affects pregnant people. She is also 37 weeks pregnant.

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