IMPORTANT: This is general information only. Please speak with your doctor or midwife about what care is right for you. There is limited information available about coronavirus, pregnancy and birthing.
Coronavirus is new and we are still learning how it may affect you and your baby. Our information is currently from women who have had the virus later in their pregnancy.
It is expected that most pregnant women who get the virus will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.
However, if you are also a smoker, have a heart or lung condition such as asthma, or other medical conditions, you may become more unwell than a pregnant woman who does not.
One of the symptoms of coronavirus is fever. If you have a high fever at any stage of your pregnancy call your healthcare provider, midwife, or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) as soon as possible.
The risk of coronavirus passing from mother to baby during pregnancy is thought to be low. So far, the virus has not been shown to pass from the mother to her baby before birth.
Yes, it is safe for you and your birthing partner to come to hospital. Our birthing services, and special care nursery, will continue to be provided.
To reduce the chance of you, your baby and the staff looking after you contracting coronavirus, our hospitals have changed the way care is provided in the below ways:
We understand the birth of your newborn is a special occasion, and in normal circumstances, you would be surrounded by family and friends.
To minimise activity at our hospitals, we are restricting the visitors in maternity to one support person per birth, with no other visitors while in hospital.
Our normal practice of supporting women to return home as quickly as possible to be with their family and loved ones will continue.
We strongly encourage all gifts and flowers to be sent to your home address. This will limit the activity at the hospital as well as ensure that you get to enjoy these in your home environments as we aim to have you home as soon as possible.
To further reduce activity at the hospitals where we can, and limit patient’s exposure to germs, we are planning to reduce the number of face to face ante-natal clinic visits. We are also establishing alternative sites away from the hospital to provide some antenatal care and we will be in touch if this may affect you.
We will be making contact with all women over the coming weeks to develop individual plans that will include consultations over the phone where possible.
There is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus yet (but a lot of people are working on it). There is also no specific treatment. You can reduce your risk of catching coronavirus by following the below steps:
If you think you or a family member might have coronavirus, take the quiz here. Call your GP, 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or speak with your midwife.
Our midwives are available 24 hours a day for ongoing support. If you are concerned about your wellbeing, or your baby’s, we encourage you to contact your midwife or doctor.