The Young And The Restless’ Elizabeth Hendrickson welcomes ‘perfect’ daughter Josephine
The Young And The Restless star Elizabeth Hendrickson welcomed her first child, daughter Josephine James, on Friday morning.
Josephine measured 20in in length and weighed in at 6lbs11.
But the 40-year-old actress admitted the weeks leading up to the birtrh had not been easy, saying: When dreaming about the birth of your first child words like “social distancing” and “shelter in place” never seem to enter into the picture.’
However, she said: ‘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.’
First time parents: The Young And The Restless star Elizabeth Hendrickson welcomed her first child, daughter Josephine James, with husband Rob Meder on Friday morning amidst the coronavirus pandemic; Hendrickson shared this photo of herself and Meder in November
On behalf of herself and Meder, Hendrickson thanked ‘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.’
She added: ‘They truly are lifesavers.’
The news of Josephine’s birth came 24 hours after Hendrickson had taken to Instagram to share that she had been ‘checked in the hospital.’
Elizabeth had decided to ‘induce labor with everything moving so rapidly’ regarding hospital restrictions being put in place across the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Trying times: The 40-year-old actress admitted, in an exclusive statement to People , that ‘when dreaming about the birth of your first child words like ‘social distancing’ and ‘shelter in place’ never seem to enter into the picture’; Hendrickson pictured in 2018
‘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.’
Although the couple believed that inducing labor would put them ahead of the restrictions, they learned ’20 mins before’ they had walked in the hospital that ‘after delivery only the mother is allowed with the baby postpartum.’
‘Rob has to leave,’ she wrote. ‘We are heartbroken but we also feel like I’m in incredible hands. 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.
Bye bump: The glorious news of Josephine’s birth came 24 hours after Hendrickson had taken to Instagram to share that she had been ‘checked in the hospital’; Hendrickson posted this photo of herself on Wednesday
On a lighter note, the Daytime Emmy award-winning actress noted that she had brought her ukelele to keep herself 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.’
Hendrickson wed Meder in June of 2019 during a seaside ceremony in Saint Barth’s, less than a year after they 2018 engagement.
But the couple would return to the alter in October to ‘make it official’ in the States, noting that ‘the marriage license/transfer to California was too much of a headache to deal with.’
They would also announce that they were expecting their now newborn child, daughter Josephine.