Actress Chloe Sevigny is due any day with her first child but in what should be a time of celebration with her partner, Sinisa Mackovic, it’s a time of worry and anxiety.

New York is the hardest-hit state in the US for COVID-19, with over 20,000 cases. Residents are under ‘stay at home’ order and hospitals are straining to keep up with cases.

To keep mums-to-be as safe as possible, New York Presbyterian hospital posted an announcement on their website on March 23, stating that effective today, expectant fathers and others will not be allowed to be present for the birth.

“At this time, no visitors including birthing partners and support persons are permitted for obstetric patients,” the website outlines. “We understand that this will be difficult for our patients and their loved ones, but we believe that this is a necessary step to promote the safety of our new mothers and children.”

BECOME A BOUNTY MEMBER TODAY: And earn rewards, sample products and receive customised parenting content delivered to your inbox.

With this new precaution set in place, it’s likely the 45-year-old actress will be on her own when she goes into labour, something Chloe says is “very distressing”.

Taking to Instagram, Chloe wrote: “I hope all expecting families are finding some calm. Today’s news in NY was very distressing for all. #support #prayers”.

 

Following Chloe’s post, her comments section was filled with sympathetic words from other pregnant women.

“I’m 37 weeks and scared too, but we can all do this! With or without partners by our sides, we are all strong and doing something we’ve always done, delivering and raising babies every way possible. You got this ladies, no choice but to find what we are each possible of now ourselves and together. If you aren’t already planning a home birth or birth center birth, investigate these options to best protect your baby, self, and others in your life; also find a maternity ward and/or NICU in a place in your state that isn’t accepting COVID patients,” wrote one positive mama-to-be.

“33 weeks with my first baby, feeling nervous about the ever-changing policies, among other things. Love to you and all expecting mommas and their families.❤️”, wrote another.

Currently in Australia, most hospitals have placed restrictions maternity wards, allowing one support person.