• Sally Kettle

COVID-19 Update - 17.04.20

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.

Along with updated guidelines you can also view two videos featuring RCOG Vice President, Dr Jo Mountfield talking about corona virus and pregnancy, and attending routine antenatal appointments.

Regarding appointments, we've picked out this question from the current guidance.

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.

If you have symptoms of possible coronavirus infection, you should contact your midwife to postpone routine visits until after the isolation period is over.

If you are well at the moment and have had no complications in any previous pregnancies, the following practical advice may be helpful:

  • If you have a routine scan or visit due in the coming days, please contact your maternity unit for advice and to agree a plan. You may still be advised to attend for a visit, but this appointment may change due to staffing requirements.

  • If you are between appointments, please wait to hear from your maternity team.

  • If you are advised to attend for a scan or an appointment by your local maternity team, this is because the need for the appointment is greater than your risk of being exposed to coronavirus. Antenatal care is essential to support you in having a healthy pregnancy and so we strongly advise you do attend if asked to do so. If you have any concerns about this, please discuss with your maternity unit.

If you are attending more regularly in pregnancy, then your maternity team will be in touch with plans for further appointments, as required.

Whatever your personal situation please consider the following:

  • Maternity care is essential and has been developed over many years to reduce complications in pregnant women and babies. The risks of not attending antenatal care include harm to you, your baby or both of you, even in the context of coronavirus. It is important that you keep in contact with your maternity team and continue to attend your scheduled routine care when you are well.

  • If you are concerned about your or your baby's wellbeing, including the baby's movements, it remains of critical importance that you seek advice and care from maternity services without delay. This is a very challenging time, particularly if you have concerns about your pregnancy and are worried about entering a hospital.

  • Maternity units are doing everything they can to minimise the spread of coronavirus infection to healthy women and their babies, including restricting access to visitors, using appropriate protection equipment and infection control measures. It is very important not to be deterred from coming into hospital when you or your baby need care.

  • 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.

  • If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your maternity team and they will arrange the right place and time to come for your visits. You should not attend a routine clinic, unless specific arrangements have been made.

  • You will be asked to come alone to clinical appointments, or keep the number of people with you to one (including midwifery visits in your home). This will include being asked not to bring your children with you to appointments. This is important in order to protect maternity staff, other women and babies, and you and your family from the risk of infection.

  • There may be a need to reduce the number of antenatal visits you have. This will be communicated with you, and will be done as safely as possible, taking into account available evidence on the safe number of visits required. Please attend all your scheduled appointments, and if you have concerns about this please discuss with your maternity team.

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.

Read to full guidance HERE

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