COVID-19 Updates for Pregnant and Postpartum Patients
March 13, 2020
A message from our OB-GYNS and Women’s & Children’s Clinic:
The CDC is recommending pregnant women be treated as a high risk population. This is due to evidence of how pregnancy changes a woman’s immune and respiratory system, and how other viral respiratory illnesses affect pregnant women.
The CDC reports:
- No evidence of any maternal deaths from COVID-19.
- No evidence of COVID-19 transferring from mom to baby in infected mothers.
- No evident of COVID-19 being found in placentas, umbilical cords or breast milk.
We are following CDC guidelines, and encouraging:
- Women who are affected, to continue to breast feed and if in isolation continue to pump to express breast milk.
- Good hand hygiene, washing hands for 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face.
- Social distancing to help prevent disease spread to high risk population.
- Pregnant patients to continue to come to all routine obstetrical visits.
Limited visitation request:
- We ask all pregnant patients to limit visitors when coming into our hospital for labor, and only having one support person during labor and delivery.
- We also recommend limiting visitors of newborn babies to only a parent and a healthy caregiver.
If you have symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat and fatigue, please call the hotline at 1-800-859-0240 BEFORE coming into the clinic, emergency department, labor and delivery or urgent care so we can prepare our staff for your arrival.