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Beauty queen shares look into her life behind the crown as a front-line nurse

Bailey Anderson wears more than just a crown or a pageant gown. She also wears a mask, gloves, and gowns as a hospital nurse.

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Bailey Anderson wears more than just a crown or a pageant gown as Miss Mississippi USA. She also wears a mask, gloves, and gowns as a hospital nurse.

Anderson said she grew up dreaming of the title Miss Mississippi USA, and now she can represent the Magnolia State in more than just one fashion. She is now a role model on the front lines.

Anderson is a full-time newborn nurse in Mobile, Alabama. She said her day-to-day life since the pandemic has been full of ups and downs.

"I spend my days catching babies. The doctors deliver a baby, and they hand it to me. I’m the one who has the towel and grabs the baby and takes it over the warmer," said Anderson.

During the recent delta variant outbreak, more expectant mothers have ended up in the ICU, being separated from their newborns.

Anderson said she remembers one time she had to put a baby on FaceTime just so its mother could have some relief.

"That initial bonding with a baby is so important for a woman. To be having a baby that’s almost six days old that you haven’t even come in contact with is pretty devastating," said Anderson.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health, at least eight unvaccinated pregnant women in the state have died from the virus during this delta surge.

As a health care worker, Anderson wants to encourage others to protect themselves and their family by getting the vaccine.

"It’s something that I feel awareness has to be raised for, because I think for many reasons for the case we need more people getting the vaccine in Mississippi. Our rate is very low," said Anderson.

Anderson wants to use her platform to spread awareness about the reality of COVID-19 while also being a role model for young women in Mississippi.

Anderson is also an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association as her grandmother suffers from the disease.