Baby Mama

Soap Opera Digest|July 6, 2020

Baby Mama
Y&R's Elizabeth Hendrickson Shares The Joys Of First-Time Motherhood

Bringing a baby into the world is already an emotional event, but for Elizabeth Hendrickson, who welcomed daughter Josephine on March 27, there was a lot more drama involved, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before fathers would be banned from the delivery room as a safety measure, the actress and her hubby, Rob Meder, opted to induce labor, but even that took careful planning. “I had to wait until I passed 14 days in quarantine because I had worked with Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] and he was later diagnosed [with the coronavirus],” Hendrickson explains. “On the 15th day, I was induced. When I went into active labor, I was in the most excruciating pain and I was like, ‘Just get me the drugs!’ ”

After an epidural was administered, it was showtime. “I was so scared what giving birth was going to be like, and in the middle of me pushing, I looked at the nurse and said, ‘You know, this really isn’t that bad. This is the coolest thing ever,’ Hendrickson chuckles. “Granted, I was on drugs so I couldn’t feel everything, but it really is the wildest and the most powerful thing you could possibly experience. I pushed her out in an hour and there she was!”

After a couple of hours, mom and baby were transferred to postpartum recovery, where dads weren’t allowed. “Being alone was really hard,” Hendrickson sighs. “I mean, there was something very special and serene about just the two of us being together. That whole time, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her and was just talking to her. She was in my arms and I just couldn’t put her down, but it was hard not having Rob there. I mean, the nurses are super-busy, and because of COVID, they would only come in and check on me every few hours. I was also getting all this information from them and if Rob was there, he could retain some of that information because I was out of my mind. I hadn’t slept in like 14 hours. So dealing with all of that by yourself was a lot as a first-time mom. If I’d had a baby before I’m sure it would have been a little bit easier.”


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July 6, 2020