In a time of unprecedented levels of fear and uncertainty, one Dublin mother has named her newborn baby Hope as she looks toward a brighter future.
When Amy Fennell (34) arrived at the Rotunda Hospital on Monday, little did she realise her daughter would arrive three weeks earlier than expected.
While she is "over the moon", the mother of two cannot receive any visitors due to strict measures imposed by the hospital.
Even her husband Mark cannot see his daughter as he is in isolation after recently returning from Britain.
However, despite this far from ideal situation, Ms Fennell is keeping up her spirits and sees Hope as a sign things will get better.
"I think everyone at the moment is clinging onto hope, which is why I felt the name suited perfectly," she said.
"She's doing really great despite being premature and I have to thank my obstetrician who is making this ordeal a whole lot better.
"It's hard not having visitors and I feel especially sorry for my husband who is spending two weeks in isolation.
"It's like I'm jinxed because I was in a similar situation with my son two years ago. At the time there was a bad flu virus going around and the hospital was closed to all visitors.
"I was joking with my husband, saying that I guarantee the same thing would happen again with this coronavirus scare, but little did I realise how serious it would get."
Ms Fennell, who works for Ryanair, added that she and her daughter could be allowed to go home as early as today.
However, there is a possibility it will take up to six weeks before Hope will be able to leave.
"I don't know exactly what's going to happen yet because a newborn practically has no immune system. So there's a chance that she will have to stay in isolation until she gets her vaccinations," she said.
"But I'm keeping focused on the future and the happy life my family and I will have when this is all over."