WACO, Texas (KWTX) Women are still delivering babies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some alone, and others with just a single visitor after the outbreak led to unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions.
Lacy Shaffer (inset upper left) delivered her baby boy Rayford Wallace Shaffer on March 26. Friends Kelsie Carrington and Jersia Barnes, showed up outside her hospital room window with neon signs of support. (Courtesy photos)
Lacy Shaffer delivered her baby boy Rayford Wallace Shaffer on March 26 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco where one guest is allowed for the duration of the mom's stay, including delivery day.
Because her husband was there, her friends, Kelsie Carrington and Jersia Barnes, had to set aside plans to be in the waiting room for the birth, but they showed up anyway.
"My best friends came to my window with signs," Lacy said.
"It was a total surprise."
"One sign said 'push it! Push it!’" Lacy said, laughing.
"I remember that."
The neon poster board signs handmade by the best friends, all three of whom worked at one time together at Journey Christian Church in China Spring, actually read "push it, push it real good. The world is ready for some Ray Ray! Love Aunt KiKi.”
That was the written message from friend Kelsie.
Jersia had a similar message for the mom in labor, “Way to go, Lacy! Wooo! Let's go baby Ray Ray! Aunt J loves you!"
Lacy said the surprise guests couldn't have come at a better time because her husband had just stepped out for the first time to get lunch, leaving her alone, with the exception of the hospital staff which she said went above and beyond to make her unusual experience the best it could be.
Her other two children, an 11-year-old stepdaughter and 9-year old boy were both home with their grandmother, keeping up with the mom's progress by telephone.
Lacy said seeing her friends in that unexpected moment brought her to tears.
"I cried. I was really happy," Lacy said.
"My husband had just left to go get lunch so it was perfect timing. I was never alone."
Rayford weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long at birth.
He's now home from the hospital with his family, but hasn't met most of the world as his family is practicing social distancing and not allowing anyone outside the home to hold the baby.
So for now, her friends will continue to wait from afar.
"No touching or contact is hard with a baby," the new mom said.
"You want to hold them but hopefully sometime soon."