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COVID-19 alters parents' birth plan as they deliver healthy baby girl

Anna and Dan Fenton had planned to deliver their first-born with the help of a midwife.

But as the big day grew near, her doula tested positive for COVID-19, causing the Wichita couple to have to quickly change their birth plan after Anna tested positive as well.

Elizabeth Marie Fenton was born at 38 weeks gestation at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph six days later, weighing just 5 pounds, 10 ounces, but healthy and COVID-19-free.

"We're hoping receiving her mother's breast milk will help her remain healthy," says Michelle Perry, RN, noting the many benefits for breastfeeding.

Anna continues to be asymptomatic and because of diligent masking, social distancing within their large, shared hospital room and good hand hygiene, Dan and baby are both negative for the virus. 

All three Fentons were expected to go home from the hospital today (Wednesday, Nov. 25), just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family.

Their quarantine ends Friday, but they, along with their extended family, already were planning to "do their own thing this year" in line with the guidance being offered by public health officials.

Plus, they have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

"Everything has gone remarkably smoothly considering it wasn't our birth plan," Anna says. "Our baby is healthy, everything has gone well and we feel truly blessed by God."


Learn more about Labor & Delivery services at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph's NewLife Center

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.