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 families during this time period. As always, we are here to provide support, services and education to our families and will continue to do so with a heightened awareness of protecting our community as we move through the unfolding of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

PRE – SCREENING

  • We are asking that those with a fever or respiratory symptoms stay home
  • Everyone entering the clinic will have their temperature taken
  • All clients will be called before appointments and pre-screened
  • 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?
    • If you have a mask please wear to protect yourself and those you see

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.

SUPPORT PEOPLE

  • Limit the number of people that come to in person appointments
  • All members of the birth support team must be symptom free
  • Everyone entering clinic or the birth side will have their temperature taken
  • We ask that if you have a mask to please wear while in communal spaces during visits
  • We are discouraging visitors at the birth center after the birth

BCoB 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 and pivot our policies and procedures when necessary. 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 and as time goes on we will be learning more about COVID and pregnancy and our newborns.


The clinic will remain open for all essential healthcare services : prenatal visits, gyn problem visits, labor and birth, home visits, newborn and postpartum care. Routine annual exams will be scheduled when we are not needing to practice social distancing, we can do a virtual telehealth exam if you are in need of birth control or a visit. 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 altering our prenatal care visit schedule to the following :

  • Initial visit 10-12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
  • 18 week : Mental Health Telehealth Visit with Postpartum Wellness Center
  • 20-22 weeks Anatomy Ultrasound at hospital followed Telehealth Visit
  • 24 weeks : Group Telehealth Visit
  • 28 week
  • 30 + 32 weeks : Group Telehealth Visit
  • 34 + 36 +38 + 40 + 41 weeks

 

Please remember to access our iBirth app for educational information and videos for pregnancy and postpartum. And, please remember we are here to continue to provide you with quality midwifery care during this crisis that all of humanity is in the midst of uncertain times. We still know how to provide you with the care we believe in and will continue to do so with compassion, connection and a community focus. Thank you all for doing your part.

 

RESOURCES

CDC FAQs about COVID-19 and pregnancy

CDC recommendations for protecting your family

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

Aviva Romm https://avivaromm.com/category/covid-19/

Evidence Based Birth https://evidencebasedbirth.com/covid19/

 

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