FAQ for expecting parents during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Last updated July 9, 2020

I am expecting, I am scared, and I do not know what to do about birth.

You are validated to feel how you feel. We acknowledge your feelings and will be happy to speak through your concerns. Check with your provider to learn about their COVID-19 (coronavirus) policies. Directly ask—How are you able to accommodate my birth companion doula and partner? If they are not willing to have your doula and partner, then we highly advise you to adjust your birth vision (find another provider {hospital or midwife}).

Is it safe to have a home birth during these times?

Your body is accustomed to your germs in your home. It will be a safer birth for you, your baby, and your family. Your midwife and doula can join you at your home.

Please remember that giving birth at home was normal before there were hospitals and that this helps maintain a natural birth.

We are still going forward with our birth at the hospital. How can you help me?

Some hospitals are continuing to allow doulas in the room. If not, you can go in with your partner and your virtual doula via FaceTime (Zoom or other virtual conference tools).

This is non-negotiable. Hospitals are lifting their restrictions of recording. This means that technology is gifting us and we must use all of the resources. Ask the hospital if their team can set-up a monitor to ensure you have access to your doula.

My previous birth did not go so well. I do not know what to do during these times.

The first step is to process your previous birth(s). Then, remember that your upcoming birth is going to be a different experience. You don’t have to know everything. You just need a team surrounding you, along with a close look on your birth vision.

Know your rights

Hospital policy is not law and COVID-19 does not give providers permission to strip you of your rights.

  1. You do NOT have to be tested for COVID-19. You do NOT have to explain why, and you do NOT need any kind of excuse.

  2. They CANNOT take your baby from you if you refuse to be tested.

  3. They CANNOT take your baby if you test positive for COVID.
    You have the choice to stay with your baby. Both the WHO & RCOG approves of keeping mother and baby together, even if mom tests positively. You can show these resources to your provider if they say otherwise (Clinical management of COVID-19 provided by the World Health Organization {WHO} or the guidelines of Coronavirus infection and pregnancy published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists {RCOG}.

  4. There is NO known medical reason to stop breastfeeding if you test positive. Current research shows no evidence of the illness being transmitted via breast milk. Breast milk does however have valuable antibodies to build your baby’s immune system. If you planned to breastfeed, it is still recommended by the WHO. “WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate or continue to breastfeed. Mothers should be counseled that the benefits of breastfeeding substantially outweigh the potential risks for transmission.” Read more. CDC shares, “Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition for most infants. Learn more about breastfeeding.” Read more.

  5. They CANNOT make you wear a mask while laboring/pushing. You can voice that you are uncomfortable, and take it off. YOU get to decide what you consent to, COVID does NOT change that.

Evidence Based Birth is a solid source that has evidenced based links in alignment with this post. Read here.

This information is designed as an educational aid to clients and sets forth current information related to women’s health. It is not intended or a substitute for a treating clients.