Woman infected with coronavirus gives birth to healthy boy

The woman gave birth in the isolated ward of Hadassah Ein Karem.

Orly Harari ,

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Hadassah Medical Center Spokesperson

Ronnie, who had tested positive for COVID-19, gave birth to a healthy baby boy at Hadassah Ein Karem with the help of a midwife wearing protective gear.

The birth took place in accordance to quarantine directives and the baby did not contract the virus.

Ronnie was excited to say "goodbye" to the staff who had been treating her in the secluded compound for the past 10 days. "Thanks to the Corona Department staff, despite the psychological challenges of being kept away from my baby with me being the [sick one], I managed to get through it," she said.

"It was important that we stay apart so I wouldn't infect him...I had the support of the Hadassah staff and knew that he was being kept safe and secure. I'm grateful to the dedicated and caring staff at the Corona Unit, to the social worker who never stopped worrying about me…[and discussing every issue that arose], and nursery attendants who sent pictures every day and personally updated me on my baby's condition."

Ronnie adds: "I will never forget how one nurse would visit me on a regular basis and just send more and more pictures [of my baby] as well as Irina Shiblin, the head nurse in the ward. Knowing he was healthy gave me strength. They all treated him with affection and made sure he was healthy as if he was their own baby. It was so touching."

The baby's brit was held at Hadassah in the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Israel and Rishon Lezion, Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar. "They allowed me to use zoom to view the ceremony. The midwives who [took care of] me all came to the brit and one of them, Noa Ben Yair, handed the baby to the mohel (individual responsible for performing the circumcision)," said Ronnie.

Ronnie's family will take care of the baby until her return to full health. "MDA will [test us for the virus] and we will take the baby home only once we've tested negative."

Dorit Sorka, head nurse at the infectious disease unit in Hadassah said: "This is a complex time and it's difficult for all employees at the unit to be away from home [for so long], but for Ronnie it was that much harder. She knew it was for the sake of her baby and her family and tried to stay strong for them. We were happy to encourage and support her because she was being kept apart from her baby, made sure [to allow her to] recover and…lift her spirits in every way possible. [We took] pictures, videos…all to make her happy."