COVID-19 and pregnancy
If you are currently isolating with COVID-19 and you are due to attend a maternity appointment, please contact Maternity Services to arrange for your appointment to be via phone/video.
If you need to come to hospital, prior to entering, please phone reception on 4215 2060.
Information for visitors
We request all visitors:
- Return a negative Rapid Antigen Test result before visiting.
- Do not visit if COVID-19 positive, have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact.
- Wear a supplied face mask at all times (no exemptions) and do not eat or drink at a patient’s bedside.
- Maintain 1.5m social distancing.
- Perform hand hygiene.
- One primary support person for birth and one other support person. Masks must be worn in Birth Suite.
- Support persons may accompany the birthing mother to theatre, but must wear the supplied mask which may be an N95 and comply with all Barwon Health requests.
- One primary support person can attend the ward from 8am to 8pm.
- Children under the age of 16 are not permitted.
Special Care Nursery
- The birthing parent can accompany a child at all times.
- the non-birthing parent can visit between 8am and 8pm.
- Children under the age of 16 are not permitted
Pregnancy Care at Barwon Health
Pregnancy is a time of great joy and expectation for women and their families. We understand that COVID-19 may cause pregnant women to feel a sense of anxiety about their own health and that of their unborn baby.
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, it is still important to make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible so you can begin antenatal care. Your GP can arrange tests, monitor your health and refer you to our maternity services for your pregnancy care.
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You many bring one support person to your appointment. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted.
What to expect when you attend appointments
- You will be asked about signs and symptoms of COVID-19, either by phone before your visit, or upon arrival.
- Face masks must be worn during appointments.
- If you are unwell please do not attend your appointment, We ask that you call maternity reception on 4215 2060 so an alternate appointment can be made.
What to expect when you come in to have your baby
- You will be asked about signs and symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival.
- You may be accompanied by one primary support person for birth, plus one other person.
- For women who are not suspected of or have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we can offer water immersion during labour and birth where it is considered safe to do so for you and your baby. Please see Planning your birth for further information. To view our water immersion facilities please take a tour of our Maternity Services.
- Women having an elective caesarean or an induction of labour: All elective surgery patients are asked COVID screening questions and will be required to take an asymptomatic COVID test.
- Women who need an emergency caesarean will be tested in Birth Suite with a COVID-19 rapid test.
If you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection:
- You will be asked to wear a mask upon entry to the hospital and until you are settled into your room.
- You will still be able to move in labour and birth in the position of your choice.
- You will have access to a range of pain relief options, including Nitrous Oxide.
- An epidural will be strongly recommended early in labour to minimise the need for general anaesthesia if you require urgent delivery via caesarean section.
- We will recommend that you have continuous fetal heart rate monitoring during labour.
What to expect when you go home
- If you and your baby are well, going home as soon as possible after the birth is best advised and will be encouraged.
- We will offer you visits at home, telephone or telehealth (video) visits.
- We will call to assess if you or anyone in your household have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to doing a home visit.
- If you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, we will coordinate postnatal midwife care with you that is best suited to you and your baby’s needs.
- For information about taking your baby home and postnatal home visits click here.
COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy
The best way to reduce risks associated with having COVID-19 during pregnacny is to get vaccinated. Click here to book a vaccination.
Taking care of your emotional and mental health
We understand that experiences of pregnancy, birth and postpartum during COVID-19 may affect the emotional well-being of women and their families. This may be due to restrictions of movement, socialisation and engagement in normal routines, along with concerns about the risk of infection and the health and wellbeing of your baby and family members.
It is essential to maintain contact with loved ones and support networks at this time. Supportive personal and professional networks are of central importance to the mental health of you and your baby, and can still be engaged with virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We encourage all of our families to be aware and to engage with supports in order to protect perinatal mental health and well-being during this time. If you have concerns for your mental health please bring these up with your doctor or midwife.
Alternatively, please also visit the following resources for information and support
- Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Supports
COVID-19 and family violence
It is important that anyone experiencing family violence knows that this is never okay, no matter the circumstances or the situation. With the impact of physical distancing rules, isolation and stress on families, there has been a spike in reports of domestic violence in the broader community. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please refer to the below information:
- Call 000 for Police and Ambulance help if you are immediate danger.
- To find local services near you and phone support lines, please visit Barwon Health Family Violence resources.
- The Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) is a counselling service available to men and families. The service specialises in family violence matters.
Alternatively, please visit the following resources;
Last Modified: Friday, 09 September 2022