We are in this together!
There is no guide book for being a new parent in a global pandemic!
And there is no one "right way" - every family is different and circumstances are constantly in flux. We are all doing the best we can.
At Baby Steps New Parent Care, our #1 priority is to be transparent and meet you at your comfort level. Sometimes that means meeting virtually rather than in-person.
Keep reading for our guidelines and helpful resources.
Communication is our top priority. Expect Amanda to talk with you about your expectation regarding COVID practices and you are encouraged to ask her any question. We know it can be awkward having conversations about exposure, personal protection measures, and symptoms. Let us help by just diving into the subject. Have a question? Just ask. We are committed to transparency.
During all in-home visits, Amanda will wear a mask and wash hands frequently.
Before coming to the home, or upon arrival, Amanda and the parents will discuss what additional measures may be taken. These will vary from family to family based on everyone's comfort level and may include:
Parents wearing masks
Deciding if you'd like Amanda to hold the baby or keep distance
Deciding how much distance Amanda should keep from other family members
Other measures per family request
If in-home visits are not feasible or desired, virtual visits are available.
The guidelines and risk factors surrounding Coronavirus are constantly changing and as such this information will adapt as the situation seems safer or risker.
As of mid-October 2020, Amanda wears a mask when out in public, keeps social distance when applicable, and frequently washes hands or sanitizes after touching things in public places. In general, she minimizes trips to the store and has only eaten outside at restaurants (which it will soon be too cold for and it will be back to take-out!). Travels include trips to visit her family in Vermont and New Hampshire where infection numbers continue to be incredibly low.
Her children are going to school on a hybrid model - two half days a week with less than 12 kids per classroom - starting at the end of the month. Her husband is a public school teacher and is in the classroom with high schoolers every day. Her family has 2-3 other families that they include in their social pods and see periodically.
PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC
To help answer some of the most common questions that parents ask, Soutiens - a company founded by Amanda - put together a series of interviews with parenting and wellbeing experts who share advice and perspective for working parents who are extra busy in the days of COVID-19 juggling new work and home situations.
MA COMMUNITY-LEVEL DATA MAP
Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, each city or town has been designated as a higher risk (red), moderate risk (yellow), or lower risk (green) community. Communities with fewer than 5 cases are not given a designation. Click on a community to see key COVID-19 statistics.
Anxiety and depression are at an all time high because of the pandemic. If you feel like you are struggling, or even might just feel something is off, please seek help. Here are some resources that can help. Or let us know and we can find you support.