First Father’s Day

If there’s anything more nerve-wracking than bringing home a brand new baby, it’s bringing home a brand new baby in the middle of a pandemic. Even in non-pandemic times, many parents feel anxious after welcoming a new baby. If your plans changed or you or your partner were separated from your baby because of COVID-19, you may feel especially down or worried.

We have lots of resources here to help new parents: Pregnancy, Birth, and Caring for your Newborn but you may still want to talk to a trusted friend, community member, or mental health professional about your experience.

If you or your partner have COVID-19 when you and your baby go home from the hospital, you may need to take precautions to prevent passing it to your baby.

We have some resources to help here:

If you or your partner have COVID-19, talk to your health care team about how to care for your baby while keeping them safe. Discuss your options and make a decision that feels right to you. You may be able to care for your baby if you wear a mask or cloth face covering and are sure to wash your hands before touching the baby. It may be better for you to stay in a different room and have someone who is not sick care for your baby until you are no longer able to pass COVID-19 to other people. Your health care provider will help you know when you can safely snuggle the baby again.

This Father’s Day, take a minute to take care of yourself. Get some exercise. Take some time for yourself. And when you have an opportunity, connect with other new parents. Being able to check in with people going through the same stage of parenting as you are can help keep you grounded, give you great tips, and remind you that you are not alone.

Practice compassion. Babies cry. Sometimes because they are hungry or tired and sometimes just because they are babies. Sometimes babies keep crying no matter what you do to soothe them. This is frustrating for everyone. Do your best to stay calm, and don’t be afraid to put the baby down in a safe place and take a moment to calm yourself or find someone else to take a turn in baby soothing.

More information

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Information in this blog changes rapidly. Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.

Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact our call center at
1–800–525–0127. Hours: 6 am-10 pm, seven days a week.

Department of Health call center: 1–800–525–0127, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week.

Please check our website for the most up-to-date info on Washington’s response to COVID-19 at www.doh.wa.gov/coronavirus.

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