Instructions for pregnant patients
Coronavirus causes symptoms of a respiratory infection. If you have symptoms and/or you have been abroad within the last 14 days, do not arrive to the hospital unannounced. If you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, you live in the same household as a person who has contracted the coronavirus or who has been abroad within the last 14 days, contact your local health centre / clinic / maternity outpatient clinic before you arrive to your appointment. If necessary, we can handle some things over the phone. Please contact your local clinic if you have significant symptoms.
At this time, we will hold family and antenatal classes digitally.
We are observing our hospital’s normal protocol at the maternity clinic, the delivery reception and the delivery ward, and during pregnancy screening and the postpartum outpatient clinic appointments, provided that you and your support person(s) do not have any symptoms associated with the coronavirus. You can have 1 to 2 asymptomatic support person(s) with you during your outpatient clinic appointments, during induction of labour and during delivery. If you child is born by a caesarean section, you can have one support person with you in the operating room and in the recovery room, as per previous protocol.
We are observing normal protocol at our inpatient wards as well. During pregnancy, you can have two visitors at the inpatient ward. In addition, the siblings of the new baby can also visit the inpatient ward. Family rooms are available according on the ward’s overall capacity. You can ask if there are family rooms available when you are transferred to the maternity ward after the delivery. Your support person and the siblings of the new baby can visit the maternity ward between 8 am and 8 pm, and in addition one visitor can visit the inpatient ward between 6 and 7 pm. Support persons, siblings, and other visitors are not allowed to the hospital if they have symptoms of an infection, are in quarantine due to the coronavirus, or have been abroad within 14 days of the planned visit.
Support persons and visitors will be guided in hand washing, hand sanitizer use and use of protective equipment when arriving to or leaving from the hospital, the ward, or the hospital room. We hope that support persons and visitors stay in the room with the mother-to-be.
Expecting mothers are susceptible to infections. Please make sure you practice good hand hygiene and avoid nonessential gatherings. According to current research, the coronavirus has not been found to cause birth defects to the fetus. Coronavirus infection does not affect the way of delivery if the mother is feeling well. A mother who has contracted coronavirus can breastfeed.
We are doing everything we can to achieve safe labour and family centred care in these exceptional circumstances.