COVID-19: support for pregnant women and their families

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It is not possible to ignore the COVID-19 pandemic. There is information, stress and uncertainty everywhere. Our Eve Health doctors and staff want to support all our pregnant women and their families during this time.

In order to try and keep us all as safe and well, we have had to make a few changes.  We have asked that when you attend Eve Health, you come in on your own. We know  this is a time that you want to share with your partner and/or support team, but in an effort to keep us all healthy and able to care for you, it is greatly appreciated if you can come  see us without your partner or children. Please discuss with your Obstetrician or Midwife other ways to help  keep your partner involved in your care.

We have also asked that if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating that you contact us to re-arrange your appointment. You can find details here.

You will notice our waiting rooms are more spaced out, your appointments with your Obstetrician or Midwife will be a little different from normal but our aim is, as always, to keep you and your baby safe and healthy.

We are also working towards offering telephone or telehealth antenatal appointments for those women who are suitable for this. There will be more information on telehealth coming soon.

We have had to temporarily postpone all our education sessions, including antenatal classes, first aid classes and sadly our very popular parents’ group too. We are looking at new ways of offering these classes and will keep you posted when we have some solutions.

We are also offering extra support through our Midwives and Psychologist. Please do not hesitate to discuss this with us.  If you become unwell during this time, testing for COVID-19 is limited to those that are unwell AND have travelled in the last 14 days, OR to those that have had direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you think you have become unwell with COVID-19 and meet these conditions, you should attend either your GP or a fever clinic close to you. More information about testing can be found here. You should ring ahead and let them know that you are planning to attend.

The Mater Mothers’ Website also has good information about what you need to know about COVID-19 if you are pregnant or have a newborn baby.

 

Blog post by Dr Robyn Aldridge, Clinical Director of Obstetrics