As the coronavirus spreads around the globe and social distancing changes life as we know it, many expectant parents are navigating pregnancy under very different circumstances. Whether it's fewer visitors at hospital, online antenatal classes or having a baby registry and no baby shower, parents-to-be are facing unique challenges.
And acts of kindness can make all the difference.
Just ask Arkansas pastors Dustin and Jennifer Sanders, who, after years of struggling with infertility, were forced to cancel their gender reveal celebration with family and friends due to the coronavirus.
Instead, the pair, who announced their pregnancy in February, shared that they were expecting a baby girl via Facebook live with a special "Baby Sanders Gender reveal."
When the video was over, the couple heard beeping from outside their house. Their church family had organised a special parade, a convoy of cars with pink balloons, streamers, and plenty of honking.
"Can't even put into words," Dustin wrote on Twitter. "Love you all!!"
The proud dad-to-be, posted the clip to Twitter where it has now been viewed over five million times - and counting.
My wife and I pastor a church in Sheridan, Arkansas. We have struggled to have children, but today my wife is 13 weeks. We had to cancel our gender reveal due to COVID 19.. we went Facebook live while in our home instead. When the video was over we heard this outside.. Friends >> pic.twitter.com/B8oCvsx0wx— Dustin Sanders (@dustin_SFA) March 21, 2020
Watching this video and crying by the love and support for you all on the strangest of weeks. Congratulations!!!— Bethany Grainger (@bethanyjoanna) March 21, 2020