How will this outbreak affect my delivery experience?

It’s hard to predict exactly how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact your labor and delivery experience, but be prepared for likely changes, such as universal testing for COVID-19 prior to admission and limitations on visitors and/or support persons. In most cases, early discharge in an effort to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection has been found to provide no advantage to the newborn and may place additional burden on the If you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, you should notify your prenatal care provider and the facility you will be delivering at, prior to arrival, to assist the healthcare team in making the appropriate infection control preparations.ii While you can expect to be required to wear a mask in the hospital or birth center, it is recommended that pregnant women do not wear a mask while pushing during labor, as this may be difficult. For this reason, your health care team should wear masks or other protective breathing equipment. They also may take other steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, including wearing goggles or face shields.viii

Although this may cause feelings of being anxious or scared, you can be reassured that there will be helpful support from a labor nurse throughout your labor and deliver experience. Your provider and local birth center staff can keep you up-to-date on changes to normal procedures. Although the COVID-19 pandemic may change the labor and birth experience you planned for, it will continue to be safe, special and memorable in so many ways. If you have questions or concerns about what your birthing experience may look like, ask your provider or birthing center staff to walk you through the restrictions and accommodations. During this conversation you can ask questions about having your support person with you, having your infant stay in your room after birth, breastfeeding, mask-wearing, etc.

Updated November 18, 2020

i Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Caring for Newborns; updated November 3, 2020; retrieved from

ii Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Pregnancy Data; updated November 13, 2020; retrieved from

iii The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Clinical Guidance; Practice Advisory; Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19); updated July 1, 2020 with summary of key updates made November 6, 2020retrieved from

iv Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Caring for Pregnant Women; revised May 20, 2020; retrieved from

v Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Caring for Newborns; updated May 20,2020; retrieved from

vi American Academy of Pediatrics; Critical Updates on COVID-19; Clinical Guidance; FAQs: Management of Infants Born to COVID-19 Mothers; updated 7/22/20; retrieved from

vii The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Patient Resources; FAQ; Coronavirus (COVID-19); Pregnancy and Breastfeeding; updated November, 2020; retrieved from

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1. Are pregnant women at greater risk of contracting COVID-19?
2. Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy or be passed on to the unborn baby?
3. Is it safe to breastfeed my baby?
4. How can I protect myself and my family from contracting COVID-19?
5. When should I contact my medical provider?
6. Should I still go to my prenatal and postpartum appointments?
7. How will this outbreak affect my delivery experience?
8. If I have Medicaid or KanCare coverage for my pregnancy, how will it be affected by this pandemic?
9. How can I keep my newborn safe?
10. Should I take my baby/child to his/her regularly scheduled well-child appointments?
11. What extra precautions can I take to protect my baby if I have, or am suspected of having, COVID-19?
12. What symptoms should I be watching for in my baby?
13. Should I continue to receive other health and support services?
14. How else can I help keep my baby safe?
15. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and recommended for pregnant and lactating women?