Information for Pregnant Women during COVID-19 Virus
Before the baby is born
Prenatal visits – Many prenatal visits can be done by phone call with your provider. Your prenatal provider will help determine if a phone call or an in-person visit is best.
If you become sick before birth, please consult with your prenatal provider who will determine if testing for COVID-19 is appropriate.
Note: Currently there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted from mother to baby in the uterus, nor during delivery. There is concern for a sick mother to pass the infection to her infant through close contact.
What to expect at the hospital when giving birth
If the mother is asymptomatic, the baby will most likely stay in the room with her. To minimize the spread of infection, most hospitals will limit visits to one other person during the hospital stay. Additional visitors are usually not permitted, to keep mother and baby safe.
If mother is sick with fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, she should be evaluated for COVID-19:
- During birth, all medical providers will wear personal protective equipment to ensure their safety and the safety of other patients and the mother will be kept in an isolation room and asked to wear a face mask.
- The infant will be moved to neonatal care and away from mother.
- Visitors for mother or baby will be restricted while the test is pending.
If mother tests positive for COVID-19:
- Mother will be advised by her medical provider and Public Health to remain in isolation.
- If she remains in the hospital, no visitors will be permitted for mother or baby.
- It is recommended for the mother to pump breast milk which the hospital staff or other parent can feed to baby.
- Mother should wash hands thoroughly before pumping, breastfeeding and picking up the infant.
- If the mother chooses to breastfeed or bottle feed her baby, she should wear a regular surgical mask during this time. Note: COVID-19 is not shown to be transmitted through breast milk.
- The baby will be tested as well, and kept separate from other babies. If the test is positive, the physician and health department will advise the parents as to how long the baby should remain isolated.
- Staff will provide care for the baby using personal protective equipment.