COVID-19 Update - 03.04.20
As you know we've been posting the most recent updates from The RCOG and Royal College of Midwives, and following threads from mums commenting online. One of the key concerns for Mums-to-Be is appointment protocol, which is why we're sharing this question, and their answer here:
Q. Should I attend my antenatal and postnatal appointments?
Yes. It is really important that you continue to attend your scheduled routine care when you are well.
Maternity care is essential, and has been developed over many years to reduce complications in mothers and babies. There is a potential risk of harm to you and your baby if you don’t attend your appointments, even in the context of coronavirus.
If you are well, you should be able to attend your antenatal care as normal. If you have symptoms of possible coronavirus infection, you should contact your community midwife to postpone routine visits until after the isolation period is over.
At this time, it is particularly important that you help your maternity team take care of you. If you have had an appointment cancelled or delayed, and are not sure of your next contact with your maternity team, please let them know by using the contact numbers given to you at booking.
The following practical advice may be helpful:
If you have a routine scan, appointment or visit due in the coming days, please contact your maternity unit for advice and a plan. You will still need to attend but the appointment may change due to staffing requirements.
Some appointments may be conducted on the telephone or using videoconferencing, provided there is a reasonable expectation that observations, such as blood pressure or other tests are not needed.
The recommendation that your bump will be measured from around 26 weeks of pregnancy should be observed by your maternity team unless you are in the recommended 14 day self isolation period.
If you are between appointments, please wait to hear from your maternity team.
If you are attending more regularly in pregnancy, then your maternity team will be in touch with plans.
If you miss an appointment and haven’t heard from your maternity team, please contact them to rearrange the appointment.
Whatever your personal situation please consider the following:
If you have any concerns, you will still be able to contact your maternity team but please note they may take longer to get back to you
If you have an urgent problem related to your pregnancy but not related to coronavirus, get in touch using the same emergency contact details you already have. Please do not contact this number unless you have an urgent problem
If you have symptoms suggestive of coronavirus contact your maternity services and they will arrange the right place and time to come for your visits. You should not attend a routine clinic.
You will be asked to keep the number of people with you at appointments to a minimum. This will include being asked to not bring children with you to maternity appointments and on occasions your maternity unit may request that you attend your antenatal appointments alone to aid infection control and help keep staff safe from transmission.
There may be a need to reduce the number of antenatal visits. You will be told if this is necessary. Do not reduce your number of visits without agreeing first with your maternity team.
Read to full press release HERE