The Young and the Restless Star Elizabeth Hendrickson Admits To Having A Hard Time Going Back To Work After Baby

While there’s no doubt that going back to work after having a baby has to be very difficult, it had to be even more challenging for mothers to do so after the coronavirus lockdown. And that’s exactly how The Young and the Restless star Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell) felt when she returned to the set of the hit CBS soap last month. Here’s what she has to say.

Elizabeth gave birth to her daughter Josephine back on March 27th, during the very beginning of the coronavirus quarantine. While she’s happy to be back at work, having to leave JoJo at home has not been easy but thankfully, she’s got a great support system along with her husband, Rob Meder.

“My husband works from home and is incredible with taking care of her,” she explained to Soap Opera Digest in a new interview. “If I was gone for 12, 14 hours a day, I would have a problem being away from her but I’m only gone for 5, 6 hours total, so if anything, it was nice for me to get out and be ‘normal’. I went back to work after 5 months when it was originally only supposed to be 6 weeks after I gave birth.”

While Elizabeth would normally bring her daughter to work with her just so everyone can meet her in the studio, which hasn’t happened yet.

“JoJo didn’t come to work with me because she can’t go into the [CBS Television City] building,” says Hendrickson. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable anyway because it’s too difficult to thoroughly protect a baby … I can’t mask her. The only place she goes into aside from home is to see the pediatrician, and that’s a very small office.”

Thankfully, Elizabeth did find an alternate solution.

“We were outside and everyone was masked, so it was exciting that she got to meet a bunch of people,” she says. “Christian [J. LeBlanc, Michael], Sharon [Case, Sharon] and Mishael [Morgan, Amanda] were there, and she even got to meet Tony [Morina, executive producer]. I didn’t really tell anyone I was bringing her, so I’m sure I’ll get some flak from those who didn’t know she was outside. I came when everybody was starting their morning, so I didn’t want to cut into their work day and cause any kind of disturbance.”

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