As a first-time mother with no idea what to expect, Nancy Pedroza was convinced the hospital was the safest place to have her baby.
That conviction turned to doubt when in late March most U.S. states ordered residents to stay home and hospitals and doctors began taking new precautions to protect pregnant women and their babies against the novel coronavirus sweeping the nation.
"It's already kind of scary thinking that it's a possibility that you're going to be in an environment that is contaminated or that puts you at risk or your baby at risk," Pedroza said.
"What puts me on edge more is seeing everyone with that attire and being very adamant about wearing it."
PHOTO EDITING MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI; TEXT EDITING ROSALBA O'BRIEN and Lisa Shumaker; LAYOUT JULIA DALRYMPLE