Staying Healthy in Pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many of our families have questions about how to protect themselves and their loved ones in light of coronavirus (COVID-19). As healthcare provider’s, our goal is awareness and education as opposed to fear. 

This is also our window of opportunity to contain the community spread. We have taken extra precautions as for limiting our own exposure and that of our families by practicing social distancing, not working while ill, using PPE, along with cleaning and disinfecting each clinic room after all visits.

If we all are diligent about hand washing, cough etiquette, and respiratory hygiene, we will help protect ourselves and others. As always keep yourself healthy by eating and hydrating well, getting enough rest, and supplementing to support your immune system during this time.

Preserving our healthcare system functioning is paramount so that our staff can continue to care for our mamas and babies during this time period. As always, we are here to provide support and services to our families and will continue to do so with a heightened awareness of protecting our mamas and newborns as we move through the unfolding of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

We are asking that those with a fever or respiratory symptoms stay home. 

Pre-Screening questionnaire : 

  • Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours? 
  • Are you experiencing any acute respiratory illness symptoms : cough, difficulty breathing? 
  • Have you had close contact in the last 14 days with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case?  

Please call our 24/7 midwife number 720.485.3958 with any urgent concerns or symptoms and we will guide you on the need to be tested for COVID-19. 

Our highest concern is the health of our community. The guidance is changing daily and we recognize that it’s causing a lot of anxiety especially for parents and pregnant women. New information is being released daily and we encourage you to check the following sites for updates:

CDC FAQs about COVID-19 and pregnancy 

CDC recommendations for protecting your family 

Colorado Dept of Public Health: Facts for Coloradans and COVID-19

Practice Advisory: Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Here at BCoB we will continue to provide the highest quality care for women and families to ensure a safe and comfortable environment. We will be keeping ourselves informed with reputable sources and share with all of you as we navigate this unprecedented time. Let’s remember to keep the facts straight and not let ourselves be swept away with the mass hysteria surrounding us.

 We are here to talk to you and provide our best guidance and support for you at any time. Here’s what we know : 

Pregnant women are generally considered an at-risk population due to being more susceptible to respiratory viruses : reminder, we are still in the flu season. However, pregnant women with confirmed COVID-19 have had similar symptoms to non-pregnant adults. A Lancet study of 9 late-stage pregnancies with + COVID-19 did NOT pass infection to their babe in utero. So far, with COVID-19 we have not seen an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, or intrauterine growth restriction. These are all reassuring findings. 

The clinic will remain open for all essential healthcare services : prenatal visits, gyn problem visits, labor and birth, home visits, newborn and postpartum care. We will see annual exams that have been pre-scheduled. We will be triaging all respiratory infections via telehealth telephone calls and sending clients with symptoms to be tested at the community designated testing sites. We are giving the option to lengthen the time interval between prenatal care appointments to meet each individual’s needs and where they are in the pregnancy: this will be discussed individually with your midwife. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 303.443.3993 or email at info@birthcenterofboulder.com

With Gratitude, 

The Birth Center of Boulder