Can you imagine giving birth while struggling with COVID-19? Unfortunately, that was a lot of pregnant peoples’ reality in 2020.
One mother in particular, Monique Jones of Ferguson, Missouri, was forced to give birth early in order to save her daughter’s life. And out of gratitude for the care that brought her and her infant Zamyrah safely out of a precarious situation, Jones named intensive care nurse Caitlyn Obrock her baby’s godmother.
On Sept. 23, Jones welcomed daughter Zamyrah, who arrived via c-section at 29 weeks weighing 2 pounds and 5 ounces. Jones, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 4th and was hospitalized, told Good Morning America that the doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis performed the early c-section to save her daughter’s life—in case Jones didn’t make it.
“It was possible that I wouldn’t live—that’s all I was thinking,” Jones said. “They asked me if it was possible to take my baby out. At first I told them no, but I wasn’t getting any better.”
Jones explained that she started to feel common COVID-19 symptoms such as chills and shortness of breath. She said she had been properly washing her hands, wearing a mask, and leaving her house infrequently for grocery shopping.
Jones’ condition deteriorated, and she was hospitalized and intubated. Obrock, who was Jones’ nurse, said that Jones was on high oxygen and nervous about being intubated.
Jones said she was intubated at the hospital on Sept. 6. Intensive care unit nurse Caitlyn Obrock told Good Morning America that Jones, who was her patient, was on high oxygen and was nervous about the intubation.
“She was scared,” Obrock said. “I was very invested in her, hoping and praying for a good outcome.”
Obrock, who said that she does not usually keep in touch with her patients, said there was something special about her connection to Jones. While Jones went through rehabilitation after beating COVID and giving birth, Obrock raised more than $2,000 in baby gifts as well as held a baby shower for Jones.
“It was to boost her morale,” Obrock said. “The way she started out motherhood with this baby was unfair and we wanted her to know how special and loved she is.”
After baby Zamyrah was born, she was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She remained there until Dec. 10.
After she was born, baby Zamyrah was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she remained until Dec. 10. Now, the entire family—mom, dad Jamez Prewitt, and big sister Damiea, is finally home together.
“She’s a miracle,” Obrock said of Jones. “Her and her baby.”
Lead image: GMA