What to Expect and Do If You're Sick and in Labor

If you have or suspect you have COVID-19, are in labor and on your way to the hospital, call and alert the hospital before you arrive (or have someone else call) so that we can prepare for you.

We will follow special procedures to keep you and your newborn protected during and after childbirth including:

  • Considering whether to place your baby in a separate room for care and evaluation until you’re well (we’ll talk with you about this first).
  • Helping a healthy family member or caregiver to safely care for and feed your newborn (including requiring protective gear such as gown, gloves and face mask).
  • Providing safeguards if you and your baby stay in the same hospital room, including possibly installing a screen or curtain between the two of you and keeping you both at least 6 feet apart.
  • Helping you safely express (or pump) your breastmilk for a healthy family member or caregiver to feed to your baby.
  • Helping you safely feed your infant yourself if a healthy adult is not available (including cleaning your hands and wearing a face mask when you have contact with your newborn).
  • Teaching you how to continue safely feeding and caring for your newborn once you are discharged from the hospital.

More on COVID-19 and your newborn.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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