The presence of COVID-19 has not been easy on anyone and resulted in several struggles that people must deal with in their day-to-day lives. However, women who have been pregnant, or who have become pregnant, during this pandemic have experienced an additional struggle. How can women be expected to prepare to bring a life into the world when the rules of the world are changing every day? With doctor appointments being canceled or made available for only the expectant mother, and constantly changing rules regarding the labor and delivery process, COVID-19 has made many women’s pregnancy experience stressful and turbulent. Although every woman’s COVID-19 pregnancy experience is different, there are some common elements that can be seen in these experiences, such as stress and anxiety caused by the presence of COVID-19. Despite the difficulties with doctor appointments, labor and delivery, and general life complications that have resulted from COVID-19, some positives have resulted from women’s pandemic pregnancy experiences.

Note on the Author

Shauna Brosky is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Theatre Education. In the future, Shauna plans to pursue a master’s degree and possibly a Ph.D. in psychology with the goal of becoming a child psychologist. Holly Hogan is a senior majoring in Studio Art with a minor in Anthropology. Holly plans to pursue a master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, to become a mental health counselor for individuals with chronic illnesses. She also plans to write and illustrate her works of poetry and fiction. Tyler Czyras is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics and a minor in Anthropology. He is the President of the Student Government Association for the 2021-2022 academic year. In the future, Tyler plans on working in government. This collaborative research project was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Lara Watkins in the Anthropology department.

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