AHN can help you manage this challenging time and ensure that this is still a joyous and beautiful experience for your family.
Yes, protocols have changed, and that may be frustrating. But we promise these changes were made to keep you and your baby as safe and healthy as possible.
To learn more about AHN’s pregnancy and newborn services, download one of our quick guides to labor and delivery during Coronavirus.
2570 Haymaker Road
Monroeville, PA 15146
565 Coal Valley Road
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Saint Vincent Hospital
232 West 25th Street
Erie, PA 16544
West Penn Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Take a look at common FAQs regarding pregnancy and Coronavirus. If you have any additional concerns, please reach out directly to your OB office. Our care teams are available to answer your questions and prepare you for what’s to come.
In terms of getting Coronavirus, you are at no greater risk than a person who is not pregnant.
However, if you do contract it, your risk of serious illness is much greater. According to the CDC, pregnant women, especially those who are unvaccinated or have underlying conditions, have a greater risk of severe illness — which could include hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is your best form of protection.
Right now, there's is not much data on this. However, in the few cases that have occurred, Coronavirus did not pass from mom to baby. Breast milk and amniotic fluid were also found virus-free.
Get your COVID-19 vaccine — this is the No. 1 step you can take to protect yourself and your baby from Coronavirus. You should also follow the CDC’s other safety guidelines:
If you have a chronic medical condition, reach out to your doctor for other precautionary steps.
No — you should still have your prenatal visits. They’re important to ensure you and your child are healthy. Reach out to your OB practice for more information on scheduling your prenatal visits — AHN offers in-person and virtual options.
That said, we’re working to change things. AHN is following World Health Organization guidelines to allow for fewer in-person visits and implementing virtual visits when possible. Reach out to your OB for more information.
Reach out to your OB. Your doctor will evaluate you over the phone and tell you what to expect. You can also complete a video visit.
While you wait to connect with your doctor or take any next steps, stay safely in your home and away from others.
AHN does not advocate for home births. Having your baby in a hospital is still the safest place you can be — as we’re prepared to handle any medical concerns that arise.
No — Coronavirus shouldn’t change the timing of your delivery. Your doctor will make recommendations on induction based on your specific health concerns.
No. If you aren’t showing any symptoms and haven’t been directly exposed to Coronavirus, there’s no need to get tested.
Before you go to the hospital, call your OB-GYN. Your doc will do a quick over-the-phone evaluation and tell you what to do next. This call is a key step in keeping you safe and avoiding exposure at the hospital.
We are keeping you and your baby as safe as possible by limiting visitors in the hospital.
All patients who are suspected to have Coronavirus are isolated from the rest of the hospital. This includes any moms who come in to deliver. We have a special, isolated labor and delivery room — away from our other moms — to safely deliver.
This one is extremely tough. But know this — you are in good hands. Our care teams are here to support you the best way we can.
Right now, you are allowed to have only one healthy visitor in the labor and delivery area. In addition to your one visitor, you are permitted to have your doula during delivery. View AHN’s visitor policy here.
Yes, your doula may be with you in addition to your one healthy support person.
There is extremely limited data on this, but as of now, there is no evidence of Coronavirus in breast milk.
Breastfeeding is highly encouraged, as it is rich in antibodies that can protect your baby from illnesses.
If you’re healthy, you can leave the hospital a day after a vaginal delivery or two days after a cesarean delivery.
Call your OB and your doctor will alert the hospital. When you get to the hospital, you’ll be admitted, given a surgical mask, and be placed into a special labor and delivery room. Your care team and support people will be wearing personal protective gear.
After delivery, we’ll take all steps necessary to keep your baby safe. While it’s hard, this means keeping you separated from your newborn until you’re no longer at risk of transmitting the virus.
No – having Coronavirus will not change your birth plan.
Yes – it’s still safe to get pregnant. However, you should reach out to your OB or fertility specialist for more details.
The safety and health of you and your baby is extremely important to us. Speak to your supervisor about your situation and work together to limit your exposure to Coronavirus. If you have an underlying medical condition — such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease — then speak with your doctor. AHN offers all our employees the COVID-19 vaccine and will work with our pregnant employees to ensure they remain safe throughout their pregnancy.
Call your OB for additional details. They will care for you virtually or over the phone. After you have a confirmed negative test and your quarantine has been lifted, standard care can resume.
All our AHN childbirth classes have resumed to in-person, instructor-led classes. If you prefer to take classes from the comfort of home, we also have virtual classes available. Visit our classes and events page to sign up or contact your hospital for more information.
West Penn Hospital
St. Vincent Hospital
Caring for our most fragile lives and keeping them safe is our top priority. While it’s difficult, only one set of parents per child will be allowed in the NICU. This is for the health of your baby and the other newborns in this space. View AHN’s visitor policy here.
You are not alone. AHN has an outstanding program that helps new moms cope with postpartum depression and anxiety.
No matter how you’re feeling, we are here to help. Learn more about the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health. If you fear you are in immediate danger, call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE.
Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN pregnancy and newborn services.