COVID-19 Information for Pregnant Women, Newborns and Breastfeeding

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COVID-19 Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Individuals and Newborns

Pregnant Women

Information on COVID-19 is constantly updating, yet to date there have not been any documented COVID-19 cases of transfer of the virus in the womb to the baby. Pregnant women are more susceptible to viral respiratory infections in general, so be aware of symptoms. If you think you are infected with COVID-19, call your OB provider for further management.

UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter is taking great precautions to keep patients and healthcare providers safe.

If you are pregnant you should avoid all non-essential travel.

We recommend that all pregnant women reduce their risk of exposure and follow the guidelines on how to protect yourself in our frequently asked questions.

Post birth

UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter has updated visitor guidelines. There will be one support person allowed during and after the birth of the baby other than the healthcare team. Doulas, community midwives and interpreters are considered part of the patient's healthcare team.

After you leave the hospital please remember family and friends who are over 60 or have any serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and should avoid all non-essential air travel. As well, any family members or friends that visit increases that person's risk of exposing others to COVID-19. If possible, postpone gatherings until a future date. As always, practice social distancing and practice personal hygiene for prevention.  

Newborn Babies

To date, no babies born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus at birth.

Breastfeeding

There is no evidence of COVID-19 being detected in breast milk of infected mothers. Breastfeeding is encouraged and is an important source of antibody protection for the infant. If a mother is infected with COVID-19, the CDC recommends temporary separation of mother and infant. She can pump breast milk and allow someone who does not have the virus feed the baby. After pumping, women should remember to practice appropriate hand hygiene. All parts of the pump that come in contact with breast milk should be thoroughly washed and the entire pump appropriately disinfected per the manufacturer's instructions. All people in contact with the baby should use proper hand washing techniques. If a mother is infected and declines temporary separation, she should wear a face maskand practice hand hygiene before holding the baby to prevent infecting the child.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation, and we aim to provide new information as it becomes available.

For more information on pregnant women, newborns and breastfeeding, visit the CDC Frequently Asked Questions on pregnancy and more.