Delivering on The Family Place

To help maternity patients prepare for their labor and delivery on The Family Place, we've published a resource for pregnant women and their partners.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Pregnancy and COVID-19

How does COVID-19 affect pregnant women?

Limited data suggest that the course of COVID-19 may be the same in pregnant women as for anyone else. Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of serious infection. However, though data is limited at this time, there is not a greater risk for acquiring COVID-19 in pregnant women compared to other adults.

How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

Pregnant women should practice social distancing as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Common hygiene practices to help reduce the risk of infection include:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Avoid people who are sick;
• Use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

Can pregnant women pass COVID-19 to their fetus during pregnancy?

Limited data has shown no evidence of the COVID-19 virus in amniotic fluid or breast milk. Though there have been very few COVID-19 cases reported in newborns, it is suspected that transmission can occur after birth by way of respiratory droplets spread from the mother.

What should I do if I am infected with COVID-19?

If you are infected with COVID-19, the interdisciplinary care team (including an obstetric provider, a pediatrician, and Concord Hospital’s Infectious Disease department) will plan the best course of treatment for you and your newborn baby in alignment with the most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC. This may include a recommendation to separate mom and baby based on information at the time of the delivery.

I am feeling symptomatic; I have a fever, cough and other respiratory symptoms. What do you recommend?

Please call your primary care provider’s (PCP) office or your OB office to report your symptoms. Your provider will consult with colleagues to determine a need for testing. They will provide you with instructions for further follow-up.

Breastfeeding for mothers with confirmed COVID-19 or under investigation for COVID-19. What is the guidance?

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants. However, much is unknown about COVID-19. Decisions about breastfeeding should be determined by the mother in coordination with her family and healthcare providers. A mother with confirmed COVID-19 or who is suspected to have COVID-19 should take all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant, including washing her hands before touching the infant and wearing a face mask, if possible, while feeding at the breast. If expressing breast milk with a manual or electric breast pump, the mother should wash her hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and follow recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use. If possible, consider having someone who is well feed the expressed breast milk to the infant.

What should I expect during my hospital stay during this pandemic?

The Family Place would like to make your experience as routine as possible. Please refer to the Concord Hospital’s visitation policy (located at concordhospital.org) as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are updating this frequently. Please bring all of your belongings when first arriving at Hospital. This includes a car seat, bags, snacks, phone chargers, etc. You can enter through the Visitor Entrance (near the Hospital cafeteria) between the hours of 5:30 am-12 midnight; otherwise, you will enter through the Emergency Department. You will be screened by a Concord Hospital representative when you enter the building.