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Pregnancy & Coronavirus

You’re dealing with the unimaginable. Perhaps you’re trying to conceive, just found out you’re pregnant, or you’re about to welcome your baby to the world – and now — you’re facing the many unknowns of Coronavirus, or COVID-19. You are not alone.

AHN supports you and your growing family

AHN is here to 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.

Quick guide to Labor & Delivery

To learn more about AHN’s pregnancy and newborn services download one of our quick guides to labor and delivery during Coronavirus.

 

Forbes Hospital
2570 Haymaker Road
Monroeville, PA 15146

 

Jefferson Hospital
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

Have questions? We have answers.

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.

Quick guide to FAQs

Pregnancy Concerns

Labor and Delivery

General Questions

I have questions about Coronavirus during my pregnancy:

Am I at greater risk for Coronavirus while pregnant?

Unfortunately, at this time, data is very limited on the effects of Coronavirus on pregnant women. The one thing we do know is that pregnancy does change your immune system, which could make you more susceptible to illness in general.

However, if you are experiencing a low-risk pregnancy, with no underlying issues, you are at no greater risk than a person who is not pregnant. Should you contract Coronavirus, you will likely recover as a typical low-risk person would.

If I have Coronavirus, can I pass that along to my baby?

Right now, there 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.

I’m currently pregnant and scared I’ll get Coronavirus. What should I do?

Follow the CDC’s guidelines just like everyone else:

  • Stay safely in your home.
  • Avoid getting within six feet of other people.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer often.
  • Try not to touch your face.

If you have a chronic medical condition, reach out to your doctor for other precautionary steps.

Can I skip my prenatal visits?

No — you should still have your prenatal visits. They’re important to ensure you and your child are healthy.

That said, we’re working to change things. AHN is following World Health Organization guidelines to allow for less in-person visits and implementing virtual visits when possible. Reach out to your OB for more information.

I’m pregnant and am feeling Coronavirus symptoms. What should I do?

Reach out to your OB. Your doctor will evaluate you over the phone and give you next steps. 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.

Should I consider a home birth instead of going to a hospital?

Even during this shelter-in-place mandate, AHN does not advocate 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.

With everything going on with Coronavirus, should I consider getting induced early?

No — Coronavirus shouldn’t change the timing of your delivery. Your doctor will make recommendations on induction based on your specific health concerns.

I’m pregnant, and while I don’t have any Coronavirus symptoms, should I still get tested?

No. If you aren’t showing any symptoms and haven’t been directly exposed to Coronavirus, stay safely at home. Testing is extremely limited at this time.

I’m wondering what to expect when it’s time to deliver:

When I go into labor, what should I do? How has the process changed?

Before you go to the hospital, call your OB. Your doc will do a quick over-the-phone evaluation and give you the next steps. This call is a key step in keeping you safe and avoiding exposure at the hospital.

I’m delivering soon. How is AHN protecting me from Coronavirus exposure?

We are keeping you and your baby as safe as possible by limiting visitors in the hospital and cancelling all elective procedures.

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.

What is the current visitor policy at AHN? I’m afraid I’ll be delivering alone.

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 visitor in the labor and delivery area. Your visitor can’t switch out, and we ask that the person limits coming in and out of the unit.

Can Coronavirus be transmitted when breastfeeding?

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.

Are moms being discharged from the hospital sooner to make space?

If you’re healthy, you can leave the hospital a day after a vaginal delivery or two days after a cesarean delivery.

I have Coronavirus and am near my due date. What happens when I go into labor?

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.

After I deliver, will I be separated from my baby?

If you and your baby are healthy, of course not, you will stay together.

If you’ve tested positive for Coronavirus, 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.

I have Coronavirus, will I need to have a cesarean delivery?

No – having Coronavirus will not change your birth plan.

I still have questions that relate to Coronavirus:

I’m trying to get pregnant and undergoing fertility treatments. Is it safe to continue those?

Yes – it’s still safe to get pregnant. However, you should reach out to your OB or fertility specialist for more details. Some fertility procedures may be considered elective and could be cancelled. While this is frustrating, it’s out of safety concerns for you and our staff.

I’m a health care worker and pregnant. What should I do?

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. You may be a candidate to be off work.

If I test positive for Coronavirus, how will my care be managed?

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. My pregnancy and childbirth classes were cancelled.

Do I have any other options?

AHN has partnered with YoMingo (Customized Communications, Inc) to offer free learning modules on childbirth prep, breastfeeding, newborn care, and other new mom must-haves. Click here to access these learning resources.

What happens if my baby is premature and needs to stay in the NICU?

Caring for our most fragile lives and keeping them safe is our top priority. While it’s difficult, only one parent per child will be allowed in the NICU. This is for the health of your baby and the other newborns in this space.

I’ve brought my baby home and I’m having a hard time adjusting, especially without my support system available. How do I get help?

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.

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN pregnancy and newborn services.

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