COVID-19 Updates for Pregnant Patients
For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC guidelines for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or caring for young children.
Guidelines for patients
We know this is a scary and uncertain time, but we are here to help! Please speak to your care team if you have any questions. The guidelines below may change as recommendations change.
- Washington University clinics and BJC HealthCare facilities have placed restrictions on visitors for both inpatient stays and outpatient appointments. Please see the latest visitor policy.
- If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your physician’s office before coming to your appointment.
COVID-19 and pregnancy
Washington University Obstetrics and Gynecology are currently following CDC and local hospital recommendations. Please see below for additional information.
- Limiting exposure:
You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions: Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique), Avoid people who are sick, Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Follow social distancing guidelines and stay out of public places as much as possible.
- COVID risk in Pregnancy:
Currently, there is limited data available on pregnancy and COVID-19 that does not indicate pregnant women are at increased risk. However, given pregnancy can increase risk of complications after respiratory infections like influenza (flu), we are considering pregnant women an at-risk population.
- Transmission to baby:
There are limited cases of infants born to infected mothers, but none of these infants tested positive for COVID-19 after delivery. At this time, we do not believe it is transferred through the placenta to baby.
- How will COVID affect my office visits?
Currently, we are working to transition alternating visits in the office with telephone or virtual visits. This is to limit risk of exposure to patient and provider. We will be notifying patients in clinic, via MyChart, and telephone if we have to switch visit types. Ultrasound visits and fetal testing will need to be done in person. During your office visit, only one visitor is allowed with you during ultrasound and to see the provider. No visitors under the age of 16 will be allowed (these policies are subject to change according to institutional policies). You will be screened on entry into the clinic. You could be asked to wear a mask or be turned away if you have concerning symptoms identified here. As always, patients can always reach providers via MyChart. If you are COVID+ we will arrange special prenatal care for you please be sure to call the scheduling team to ensure we are aware if you have tested positive.
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- How will COVID affect my delivery?
At this time, Women & Infants is allowing one visitor during your delivery and inpatient stay (these policies change frequently according to institutional, department of health, and CDC guidelines). For your safety, the one-visitor policy is strictly enforced and will also include doulas. We will have iPads available and encourage teleconferencing if your doula supports this technology. During your inpatient stay, your visitor will not be allowed to leave the hospital after their arrival to help limit COVID exposure. During your delivery, all providers will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment such as a mask, goggles, gown) to protect you, baby, and providers. Patients do not need masks, unless you or your visitor are having symptoms. We continue to support breastfeeding in the postpartum period. We continue to support breastfeeding in the postpartum period if this is appropriate for you and your doctor will discuss your specific considerations with you. We STRONGLY recommend strict social isolation for two weeks prior to your scheduled delivery—this will protect you, protect your baby, and protect our health care team.
- What if I am COVID-19 positive at delivery?
If you are COVID positive on admission to Labor and Delivery, then after delivery baby will be separated from mom and admitted for observation of symptoms. COVID positive moms will be allowed to express milk for their babies.
Your health is very important to us. Please make responsible choices to protect yourself and our community. For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the CDC website. Please continue to check MyChart for important physician updates.
Washington University Obstetrics and Gynecology
General Obstetrics & Maternal-Fetal Medicine