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Information For Parents-To-Be
Having a baby during COVID-19?
Use Reliable Sources for Information
The latest advice from Healthdirect is as follows:
So far, there has been no evidence to suggest a pregnant woman with COVID-19 passes the infection on to their unborn baby. But at this stage, not enough is known about the virus, so pregnant women should do what they can to avoid any infection. If you have COVID-19 when your baby is born, every precaution will be taken to keep your baby safe so you can still have contact and breastfeed if you choose.
Know your rights
It’s understandable you might feel uncertain about your rights in the light of Covid-19 guidelines. We encourage as much open communication as possible and we have also provided information for the most frequently asked questions.
Use Support Tools
Other great resources include:
Dr Emma Svanberg (cofounder of Make Birth Better) has written The ABCD of Coronavirus Anxiety to explain the psychological processes we’re going through.
Julianne Boutaleb, perinatal psychologist and founder of Parenthood In Mind shares some great advice in a piece called ‘What it feels like to be pregnant during a pandemic’.
ABTA has a private Facebook support group for women who have experienced either psychological trauma and/or injuries from birth.
Here are some messages from Health Professionals
Read some positive birth stories
Shannon’s Experience of Birthing During COVID-19
I gave birth to my second daughter, Bronte, on the 3rd of April. My due date was the 6th of April, a few days before Easter. I went overdue with my first baby, so my OB had already discussed booking in an induction a before the long weekend. I was originally not keen on being induced as I’d heard all sorts of scary things, but my OB assured me that second babies were usually much easier to induce than first babies. This together with the fact that I had been in a lot of pain and discomfort for much of my pregnancy was enough to convince me to schedule an induction for 40+3…
We hope this page has helped you on your pregnancy journey during COVID-19. If you would like to connect with a peer mentor for a conversation with someone who ‘gets it’ please visit our P2P Chat page.