Scared of Coronavirus, Pregnant Women Avoid Hospitals

A baby born during the Year of the Rat 2020 is lucky, Phorn Sreyroth’s parents told her, so she and her husband had been excited to welcome their daughter in late May. But now that the coronavirus pandemic has hit Cambodia, everything has become more complicated.

Heavily pregnant, 27-year-old Sreyroth agonizes about giving birth amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

“Thinking about it, I am scared,” she said. “It is my first time being pregnant, so I am already worried about how I’m going to go through the delivery, whether by labor or cesarean section. Now COVID[-19] concerns me even more.”

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