Bonus: Birth and Body in a Pandemic

In this bonus episode I learn from Carly Dothsuk, living in rural Western Kentucky, about what it’s like being 8 months pregnant during this COVID-19 pandemic, and how she is preparing for her hospital birth. She speaks candidly about her mental health struggles early in pregnancy and why she is striving not to obsess over birth planning. We speak a lot about the focus on the body during pregnancy and how it relates to the focus on the body during this pandemic.

Carly’s daughter, Charlie, at a 29 weeks scan: a gift from Carly’s parents.

Because we are socially distancing I couldn’t visit Carly face-to-face for this interview, even though we live only miles apart from each other. Here she is (below) showing me her “Charlie corner” and her beautiful Charlie bump.

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