Two Roanoke moms create their own tribes for pandemic birth experiences


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — This pandemic has been traumatic, but two moms in Roanoke are building their own tribe to find their way through it.

While many may still be considering whether or not to conceive, Carilion experts say there is no reason not to, medically.

Kayla Mullins is currently less than a month from her due date. She is an admin for the Meet The Moms Roanoke Facebook group who uses her platform to pose questions for others, have an open discussion, and trade advice to new and veteran moms.

“I think ‘Meet the Moms’ is necessary for expectant moms to know that they do have support even if it’s just online,” Mullins explained.

She is also a mother of two, but her next birth is concerning for her.

“They’ve all been different, so really kind of it’s almost like I’m a first time C-section mom, you know that’s planned.”

Mullins says even with planning, only being allowed one visitor for her actual birthing experience is odd.

“It’s been definitely different, the regulations, the masks and all the things, doctor’s appointments with no visitors,” Mullins said.

Michelle Andrews gave birth months ago, and she explained her experience was quite memorable, her husband was not allowed in originally.

“I showed up at my 39-week appointment alone because he wasn’t allowed to come to my appointment at all and my water broke at the appointment,” she said.

“Apparently, a lot of people had gone into labor at the same time, so I ended up in triage for eight, eight hours I was in triage, and as long as I was in triage I wasn’t allowed a support person,” Andrews continued.

According to Andrews, her tribe is what got her through it.

“Find your support, find your bump buddies, find people that are due the same time as you. Find your mom tribe, like those are the things that are going to get you through,” she stated.

The Peanut app was very helpful Andrews said in matching her with other expectant mothers who shared a delivery date around hers. She calls them her “bump buddies.” She says they are still in touch now.

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