Premature Babies and the Lonely Terror of a Pandemic NICU

Baby Olivia weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces. Her doctors faced a stressful paradox: giving her the healing power of a parent’s touch, while keeping the virus out.

Lindsey Pervinich found out she was pregnant in the first week of April 2020. She and her husband, Ben, lived in Seattle and the city, one of the first to grapple with Covid-19, had locked down early. They rode out the first few months of her pregnancy the way many people did: washing hands, masking up, ordering grocery delivery. Seattle’s coronavirus case count rose and then fell and then began to rise again. The couple planned a drive-by baby shower

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