COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources
RISK TO PREGNANT CLIENTS AND FETUS. As per the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC), they state that at this time, conclude there is no evidence that people who are pregnant experience more severe symptoms when ill (unlike with H1N1).
The pregnancy outcomes of the reported cases have been largely good, with spontaneous and medically induced preterm labour being the most commonly reported adverse pregnancy outcomes. Given the limited data, it is too early to determine if higher rates of adverse outcomes are expected in pregnant persons infected with COVID-19. As with SARS and MERS, pregnancy outcomes are likely to be strongly correlated with degree of illness.
CESAREAN SECTION IS NOT REQUIRED if you have COVID-19 in pregnancy. Unless you are very sick, vaginal birth is still preferred. The healthcare team will wear protective gear. C-section will be performed for the usual reasons.
BREAST | CHEST FEEDING is still fine with the same precautions of wearing a mask and washing if you are infected. Separation of baby and birthing parent is not recommended but may be needed for severe cases. Breast feeding may allow for antibodies and immunity benefit for the baby but we don’t know.
If you have a flu-like illness and are wondering about screening for COVID-19, consult the BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool.
BC Centres for Disease Control (BCCDC)
Fraser Health Authority (FHA)
Midwives Association of BC (MABC)