COVID-19 FAQs for Pregnancy & Childbirth

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April 24, 2020

Updated July 6, 2020

As an expectant mother you may have a little more anxiety these days. We want to reassure you that you, your baby and our team members are our first priority. As the largest healthcare system in Indiana, we are well positioned to adapt our approach to best meet your pregnancy care needs. Each patient’s care will be evaluated on an individual basis.

We know you will likely have questions. We have answered the following questions to help ease concerns about your labor and delivery at this time.

Am I a high-risk person for COVID-19 while I’m pregnant?

Pregnant women are in the same high-risk category as the elderly, as well as women who are within 6-8 weeks after delivery due to immune system concerns. Data suggests that pregnant women are not more likely to experience severe symptoms of COVID-19 if they become infected.

Can my appointment be virtual or over the phone?

We will conduct some routine office visits by video or telephone based on your care needs. We have been reducing in-person visits to decrease the amount of in-office traffic. We are working hard to communicate changes before your visit, but please call your doctor’s office if you have any questions about your appointment.

Is it possible that I will be receiving care from a different doctor?

Whether part of your prenatal care, or delivery of your child, you will see a highly skilled IU Health OB/GYN provider, but it may not be your primary physician or a physician within the same practice office. You can have confidence that our team of experts are working together to support and care for you.

When it comes to labor and delivery, can I have a support person with me, or will this be limited?

As of March 31, 2020, if you are admitted to an IU Health hospital and in labor, one visitor is allowed with you. The visitor must be the same person throughout the entire stay and must screen negative for COVID-19. We encourage you to stay connected with your loved ones through video conferencing apps available to you. For more information on visitor restrictions, visit our COVID-19 Visitor & Appointment Updates page.

Am I allowed to have a doula during labor and delivery?

Yes. A doula is considered part of your healthcare team and can also be allowed in addition to your support person.

Will I or my newborn be close or come in contact with any COVID-19 patients?

No. All patients and visitors are screened for COVID-19 upon entry. Patients with symptoms will not be near you or your newborn. You will be directed or escorted to the labor and delivery unit upon arrival. Additional personal protective equipment like eye wear and face shields are being worn by our providers.

What if I test positive for COVID-19? Can I pass the infection to my newborn?

If you test positive for COVID-19, we can help you take steps to reduce the risk of infecting your baby. We will make sure you receive the follow-up care you need to best manage potential symptoms and complications of infection. Babies who test positive for COVID-19 generally recover completely, but it is a new illness and the risk to newborns is not entirely understood.

Will there be any changes in my care after delivery?

Postpartum care will remain relatively the same in hospital. Depending on your location, the nursery may be closed, in which case rooming-in will be encouraged. Well-check appointments and postpartum check-ups will be moved virtually if appropriate.

Will I be able to schedule a pre- or post-birth class, delivery suite tour or pediatric get-to-know you visits?

Depending on your location, classes, tours and visits have been cancelled or moved virtually. To view all virtual classes and events, visit iuhealth.org/classes-events. For further details, talk to your provider or call your office.

Visit our COVID-19 online resource center for the latest updates from IU Health. We value the trust you have placed in our skilled physicians, nurses and team members. We are proud to be your partner during this time. We will continue to bring an unwavering commitment to providing you and your baby with the compassionate, safe and quality care you deserve.

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