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We encourage you to talk with your OB/GYN regularly for guidance on your birth plan. Please call the Women's Health Center to make regular appointments with your provider.
All Women's Health Center patients are encouraged to call the office before their appointment if they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. If you are COVID-19 positive, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms, you will receive care in a designated area of the Women's Health Center. You will still be seen by your own provider.
We've put together a list of commonly asked questions about giving birth during these unprecedented times, as well as an explanation of temporary policy changes and restrictions we've put in place to protect you and your growing family.
Researchers do not yet know if pregnant women are more likely to get COVID-19, but pregnancy can cause changes to your immune system that can cause any viral illness to be more severe. You should take extra safety precautions during this time, including:
Even in the midst of COVID-19, the hospital is still the safest place to deliver your baby. If you were planning on giving birth in our hospital, we recommend that you stick with that plan. All of our rooms are private, individual suites where you will have a safe experience for the duration of your stay. The risks of having a home birth vary with each woman and each pregnancy. Home births at this time may mean that emergency care could be delayed.
To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we are taking extra safety precautions in our hospital:
If you have questions about the safety of delivering in our hospital during this time, please contact your provider to talk about your concerns.
In order to best protect you and your baby, temporary visitor restrictions have been put in place. ONE visitor will be allowed with OB patients. The approved visitor must stay in the patient's room, you will not be permitted to walk through the hospital. This visitor will be allowed to leave LMH as needed, they will just need to be rescreened each time they enter the facility. OB patients who have tested positive for COIVD-19, will not be allowed any visitors for the entirety of their stay.
We realize that expectant mothers and their families will have a difficult time accepting this new, temporary policy - but please be assured that anyone who is preparing to deliver a baby will not be alone. Our LMH staff will go above and beyond to support our moms and babies during this unprecedented time that is largely outside of everyone's control. Again, we know this is a difficult policy, but please understand this is to ensure that mom and baby receive the highest level of safe and quality care possible during this time.
These changes to our visitor policy will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, and protect the health of all of our patients and staff. We understand that this is a frustrating and inconvenient situation, but we assure you that you will have proper support while these restrictions are in place.
With restricted visitors allowed at this time, we understand that communication with friends and family will be extremely important. Our OB team will work with you to FaceTime loved ones who aren't able to visit during your stay. If you would like to FaceTime during your delivery, our staff will work to make that happen as well. While we understand that this does not compare to having your loved ones there with you, we hope this will help you be more comfortable and at ease while you are with us.
You can still bring a small bag with personal clothing and your baby's car seat. Other personal items like pillows and birthing balls are not allowed at this time. For the safety of patients and staff, no packages, gifts, food, or other outside deliveries will be allowed in the hospital.
We understand that you'll probably have just as many questions after delivery as you did before. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions for navigating through COVID-19 with a new baby.
Babies are usually a high-risk group for infectious diseases of all kinds, not just COVID-19. This is largely due to their fragile immune system. We can assure you that your newborn will receive the same exceptional care at Logansport Memorial Hospital as always to keep them healthy - in addition to extra precautions put in place for COVID-19.
Since COVID-19 is a new disease, there is currently not a lot of research on how it can affect pregnancies. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that an infected mother would give birth to an infected child.
Yes. There is currently no evidence that suggests that COVID-19 can be transmitted through breast milk. However, if you suspect that you're developing symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself, call your provider, and have a healthy family member feed your baby until you're sure of your condition.
We understand that family and friends will be excited to see the new baby, but for the safety of your family, we recommend that you limit visitors. Even people who don't show symptoms of COVID-19 may carry the disease and can pass it along to you and your family. To keep your newborn as safe as possible, it's in your best interest to hold a virtual visitation. That way your loved ones can meet your newest addition without exposing them to the risk of COVID-19.
The safety and health of our moms and new babies remain our highest priority during this time. We continue to follow recommendations provided by the CDC on Infection Prevention and Control guidance. At this time, skin-to-skin contact is not recommended for symptomatic or COVID-19 positive mothers. In this particular situation, we would recommend stabilizing the newborn and an immediate bath to help prevent potential spread. While we understand that this will be a difficult process, the baby will need to remain separated from the COVID-19 positive mother to best protect the baby and prevent infection. An OB Nurse will be designated to your room for one-on-one care for you and your baby.
While it is our recommendation to avoid skin-to-skin contact, should a mother who is COVID-19 positive or has been experiencing symptoms want to continue with skin-to-skin contact, our nurses will instruct the mother to put on a face mask and will go over instructions on practicing hand hygiene before each feeding or other close contact with her newborn.
Once the baby is home, any sick members of the family should be separated, and remain separate, from the baby and follow isolation precautions. If the mother is feeling unwell, another healthy adult in the household should care for the baby, including feeding the baby expressed breast milk. Home isolation and separation precautions should continue until the unwell individual(s) have been free of symptoms for 7-10 days and/or without a fever for 3 full days without taking fever-reducing medication. If the mother is feeling unwell and another caretaker is not available, the mother should cover her nose and mouth with a face mask, homemade mask, or a scarf and practice hand hygiene before each interaction.
If you have any questions about your upcoming delivery, please call your provider's office. For more information about our response, click here. Download our COVID-19 and Pregnancy Handout here.