Published on April 06, 2020

Silver Cross Addresses COVID-19 Concerns for Pregnant Women
In New Informational Video for Community

If you’re pregnant and worried about COVID-19, you’re not alone!

Silver-Cross-President-CEO-Ruth-Colby-and-Dr-Gamilah-PierreMany expectant moms have expressed concerns about how the novel coronavirus might affect them or their unborn baby. That’s why Silver Cross Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Ruth Colby recently sat down with obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Gamilah Pierre of Partners in Obstetrics & Women’s Health to discuss pregnancy and giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a new nine-minute video, Dr. Pierre and Colby discuss topics like:

  • Exposure to COVID-19 while pregnant
  • Keeping routine OB/GYN appointments during pregnancy
  • Visitors during labor and
  • Breastfeeding

The video is live on the hospital’s website at www.silvercross.org and on YouTube.

Possible Exposure to a COVID-19 Patient

Expectant moms who have been exposed to someone who is known to have the virus should follow all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including monitoring for symptoms and isolating for 14 days.

“The American College of Gynecology has not seen any vertical transmission of the virus between mother and baby, though if during pregnancy, the mother does contract COVID-19, they may become a little bit sicker than a non-pregnant patient,” Dr. Pierre explained. “However, most pregnant women are relatively healthy and young, so they tend to do just fine and may have typical flu-like symptoms. We would monitor her situation and treat the symptoms appropriately.”

Routine Check-Ups – Should They Continue?

Dr. Pierre recommends expectant moms contact their obstetrician and take their lead on keeping or spacing out your routine visits.

“In some early pregnancies, we may be able to space out your routine prenatal appointment; as opposed to being every four weeks, your doctor might recommend coming in every 6 weeks,” Dr. Pierre said. “But before you make that decision, reach out to your provider and follow their recommendations.” 

Support Person with Mom during Labor and Delivery

“At this time, we encourage you to have your support person and your certified Doula, a birth coach, with you during this stressful, yet exciting time here at the hospital.” Dr. Pierre adds. “That person will be screened for symptoms and receive a wrist-band upon entering the hospital.”

But she cautions, “Once that person has been banned, you cannot change your support person.”

Is Breastfeeding Still Recommended for Those Exposed to COVID-19?

Dr. Pierre recommends that breast milk is still best for baby. “If you have been exposed, we highly recommend some type of barrier between you and your baby. Use a mask and wash your hands and skin.” 

Though if you are COVID-19 positive, she recommends pumping first, transferring the milk to a sanitized bottle and feeding your baby with the breast milk from the bottle. As always, Silver Cross Hospital certified lactation specialists are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about breastfeeding your baby.

Patients Safety is Our No. 1 Priority

Last month, Silver Cross suspended all community education programs until further notice, including prenatal and breastfeeding classes, and Birthing Center tours, to ensure patient and staff safety. However, the hospital has partnered with InJoy Health Education to make online pregnancy and parenting videos available so expectant parents can learn more about what happens before, during and after birth.

For more information, please visit www.silvercross.org

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.