Moms who wore masks during childbirth share their stories to make a point
Last week, a Florida man was filmed shoving a Walmart employee after he was told that he could not enter the store without a mask. Three days later, in a Los Angeles Trader Joe's, a shopper who refused to cover her face caused a scene, calling crew members "democratic pigs."
These are the kinds of stories that fill Amanda Rodriguez with rage. Rodriguez, who has asthma, gave birth without pain medication — and she did it while wearing a mask.
Rodriguez, 28, happily kept her mouth and nose under wraps for her entire two day stay at the hospital.
"Was it comfortable? No. But I knew it was for my own safety," she explained. "It's irritating to me that people are upset they have to wear a mask to the grocery store."
Moms who wore masks during childbirth are expressing similar frustrations on Twitter.
In a follow-up tweet, Cha added, "I kept it on when I saw my baby in the NICU, even thought it meant waiting to kiss him until we went home. But sure, you need your deep breaths in the frozen food aisle…"
Jai Kershner, a radio host in Nashville, Tennessee, echoed the sentiment.
"If I can wear a mask though 38 hours of labor, a c-section, and recovery… you can do it for an hour while running to the grocery store and/or other errands," Kershner wrote. "#WearADamnMask."
"Wearing a mask is at most an inconvenience. You're not losing your freedom. Be inconvenienced for a little bit and let's protect each other," Kershner told TODAY Parents. "We all want to get back to our regularly scheduled lives. If we ban together, we can stomp this out a little quicker."