‘The Young And The Restless’ Star Elizabeth Hendrickson Welcomes Baby Girl During Coronavirus Pandemic

Elizabeth Hendrickson on the red carpet at The 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.
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The Young and the Restless actress Elizabeth Hendrickson gave birth to her and her husband Rob Meder’s first child, a girl, during the coronavirus pandemic, People reported.

The new parents named their daughter Josephine James, and she was born on Friday at 9:22 a.m. The baby tipped the scales at 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and she measured 2o inches long. The soap star said that she and Meder are thrilled to bring their daughter into the world despite the uncertain times. She revealed that to make it through these past few weeks where most of the news has been about COVID-19, social distancing, and shelter in place, that she and her husband chose to focus on the positive.

“Over the past month we simply focused on the things that we could control, and we reminded ourselves how lucky we were and stayed positive,” said Hendrickson.

The Chloe actress also thanked the people who helped her deliver Josephine safely.

“We would like to thank all the nurses, the midwives, and all the staff at UCLA Santa Monica who are at work, putting themselves at risk to be there for us when we need them most. They truly are lifesavers,” the new mom said.

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The last time I’ll see this room empty. We just checked into the hospital. We’ve decided to induce labor with everything moving so rapidly. We felt it was safest to get her here safely before Rob wasn’t allowed in the delivery room like they’re doing in San Fran and NY. 20 mins before we walked into the hospital the midwives were notified that after delivery only the mother is allowed with the baby postpartum. Rob has to leave. We are heartbroken but we also feel like I’m in incredible hands. My midwife Didi is a dream and my nurse Andra is so awesome! I know i will be well supported by everyone in the maternity ward. My heart goes out to all of the mamas that are faced with being separated from their partners during delivery right now. I really can’t imagine doing this alone. I brought my ukulele to keep myself busy, music is playing, my lavender diffuser is brewing and I’m just keeping my eye on the prize. A gorgeous baby girl to be in our arms as safely and quickly as possible. . . . #nursery #nurserydecor #nurserydesign #pregnancy #pregnantcoronavirus #covid19pregnancysupport

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Yesterday, Hendrickson posted a picture of Josephine’s gorgeous nursery, and she revealed that they decided to induce labor because so many hospitals were no longer allowing laboring mothers their support person, so they’d hoped to deliver the baby before that happened. Unfortunately, shortly before arriving at the hospital, the couple got word that Meder wouldn’t be allowed in the room.

Throughout the day, the soap star shared updates on her Instagram story and showed herself having virtual visits with friends through video chats on her computer. Her last clip showed her wearing a robe, breathing through a contraction, which she noted was no joke. During the video, a filter kept shooting cupid arrows and hearts showed up on her face.

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We did it ! We are now officially 3! Today we welcomed Josephine James into the world at 9:22am. 6lbs 11 ounces and 20 inches long. It was the most incredible birth thanks to my amazing midwife Didi and all of the nurses at UCLA Santa Monica. We couldn’t be more thankful for all of their hard work during a time like this. Rob is home resting, since he is not allowed to be with me postpartum. Hope you’re getting a good nights sleep babe bc it’s your last for a while ????. I’m with my sweet girl for 24 hours and I just can’t stop looking at her. Thank you to everyone for your love and support. I couldn’t have gotten through this without all of you who have reached out. I’ve read all of your comments and I feel stronger than ever. Happy birthday JJ!!! Also be sure to check us out on people.com link is in my story and profile.

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Many of Hendrickson’s Instagram followers were supportive after she shared her post about heading to the hospital. More than 6,500 hit the “like” button, and over 900 users also took the time to leave her a positive message in the reply section. Some of the actress’s Y&R co-stars, including Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), and Melissa Ordway (Abby) also chimed in with their support.

“You got this!!! We’re all thinking of you (all 3 of you) and sending you love and happy, healthy well wishes,” Egan wrote.

Currently, Y&R has halted production because of the coronavirus pandemic.