|A Filipino pregnant woman. (Photo from Philstar)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA — First-time mother Danica Sy, 27, had one fear on learning seven months ago that she was pregnant: contracting COVID-19, PhilStar reported. Danica recalled that this was the exact situation of her twin sister Dana who gave birth in July last year. Dana was separated from her son after testing positive for COVID while she was in labor.
"My fear especially this pandemic is to give birth and then tests positive for COVID-19. I don’t want to experience giving birth and not being with my baby, " Danica said in an interview with Philstar. Her baby's birth is a bittersweet moment for Dana. While she was relieved her son was delivered safely, she never got to hold him and see him closely immediately after giving birth. She tested positive for COVID-19 twice and had to undergo self-isolation for 28 days.
According to Danica, her twin sister rendered the first 14 days of her quarantine at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center where Dana gave birth. The rest of her quarantine was at a budget hotel offered by the Caloocan City government. Aside from the fear of contracting COVID-19, Danica’s pregnancy has been extra hard for her as she was diagnosed with a kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome.