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FAQ about pregnancy and COVID-19

Wellness | July 22, 2020
Pregnancy FAQ during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn how to keep yourself and your baby-to-be safe during COVID-19.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is an exciting time for you, and you likely have questions about how the coronavirus may impact your check-ups and delivery plans. Here are some common questions and answers about pregnancy, delivery and staying healthy and safe at PeaceHealth.

What risks does COVID-19 present for pregnant women?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and adverse outcomes such as preterm birth.

Health experts are constantly studying and updating information and recommendations for pregnant women. For the latest updates, please visit these websites:

Is it safe for me to deliver at a hospital where there have been COVID-19 cases?

Yes. PeaceHealth has taken many precautions to keep patients, visitors and healthcare providers safe. Learn more about our safety measures.

We also offer video visits for some appointments. Talk with your provider about what is appropriate for you. Learn more about video visits.

Our hospitals also have visitor policies in place to ensure that labor, delivery and recovery rooms maintain the highest levels of infection control.

Will I be allowed to have a support person with me during delivery?

Yes. Even though we have visitor restrictions in place, we do allow a support person during labor, delivery and recovery. We recognize that parents sometimes wish to have other children included in their birth experience, but for everyone’s safety, children and visitors are not allowed at this time. For additional questions, please reach out to your doctor or birthing facility. 

Will I be allowed to have visitors during my stay?

We know that having a baby is a special moment that you want to share with others. However, until the threat of COVID-19 has passed, our birthing centers do not allow visitors beyond the support person. We do encourage the use of social media and video apps to share your news with others.

Will I or my support person be tested for COVID-19 before giving birth?

All pregnant women will be tested upon admission. Support persons are not tested but may not be allowed in the birth facility if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. 

Will my birth plan be changed if I’m positive for COVID-19?

It depends on your plan. A pregnant woman who is positive will be placed in a dedicated area or room with negative airflow and with the door closed to keep the virus from spreading in the hospital. Staff will also be dressed in additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The CDC currently recommends considering separation between mom and baby, if mom is COVID positive. This is a decision that a mom and her healthcare providers will make and could mean separate rooms or distancing within the same room.

It is important to remember that both mom and baby will still receive the same high-level of care that is given to women who are not positive for COVID-19.

Talk to your doctor about your birth plan and which elements, if any, might need to be adjusted if you have the virus. 

Will I or my support person be required to wear a mask?

Pregnant women and their support person should wear masks while inside the hospital or childbirth facility. Masks may be removed when you are alone in your room but are required when staff are present. 

Will my newborn be required to wear a face mask or face shield?

No. Face masks, cloth face coverings and plastic face shields for newborns and infants are NOT recommended. There are no data supporting the use of infant masks or face shields for protection against COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses. An infant mask or shield could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental suffocation and strangulation.

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