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Episode 16: Family Planning

Adrian Florez

In many ways, “family planning” is a misnomer. The “planning” part only goes so far. Even with all the tools at your disposal, a lot of it is mostly out of your control and up to chance. A million little things have to go exactly right to bring life into the world. 

When you throw a global pandemic into the equation, the typical uncertainty that comes with starting a family is amplified to tremendous proportions. 

In this episode of Transmission, we explore how the response to COVID-19 has altered the lives of growing families. 

We meet a doula who remains dedicated to helping new moms in the Somali community, despite strict social-distancing rules that complicate visits. And we hear how one couple is planning for the future in the face of overwhelming uncertainty

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Kari Plog is KNKX's South Sound reporter covering people and systems in Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties, with an emphasis on police accountability.