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Your Delivery During COVID-19

Mom with newbornWe’re Ready to Care for You

Pregnancy can be an exciting and anxious time — and during the current Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be wondering what your delivery will be like at Enloe’s Nettleton Mother & Baby Care Center.

Please be assured we are following recommendations from regulatory agencies to keep you and your family safe.

Visit our COVID-19 page to learn more. Or view our frequently asked questions below to find information for these categories:

Our caregivers are eager and ready to care for you.

Your Prenatal Care

Will I be tested for COVID-19?

You may be. Currently, Enloe is testing moms who have scheduled deliveries and those who arrive in labor for COVID-19.

Please check with your provider to see if you should get tested before coming to the hospital for your delivery. Knowing if you do or do not have COVID-19 will help your care team make informed decisions about your care and the care of your baby.

What happens if I don’t want to be tested for COVID-19?

Your provider will go over the risks and benefits of being tested and how it can benefit you and your baby.

Pregnant womanHow will COVID-19 affect my prenatal care?

Your provider may see you through virtual visits. Sometimes called telehealth visits, these allow you to see your doctor for an appointment without going into your provider’s office. You can see your caregiver from the comfort of your home or anywhere you may be.

You will also notice that several of our resources are now online. This includes:

Childbirth education classes and lactation support continue at Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center in small groups to allow for social distancing. Please note that masks are required to attend these for your safety and the safety of others.

The Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Group is meeting through Zoom. Learn more.

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Grandmother with childYour Labor

Is Enloe a safe place to have my baby?

Enloe Medical Center has always followed strict guidelines to keep the hospital clean and safe, even before COVID-19.

During this time, we are also screening all patients and visitors for respiratory illness (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and are asking everyone to wear a mask — and we’re providing masks to those who don’t have their own.

Our caregivers also use personal protective equipment, and we have implemented:

  • A temporary visitation policy based on recommendations from regulatory agencies
  • Procedures that prevent patients with COVID-19 from coming in contact with others

What can I expect when I go to Enloe for my delivery?

When you arrive at the hospital, caregivers will take your temperature and ask you a few questions. They will also give you a mask if you don’t have one. Masks are required for all patients, visitors and caregivers. You’ll also notice that caregivers wear personal protective equipment for added safety.

Once you have gone through the screening process on the first floor, you will be directed to the Mother & Baby Care Center registration desk on the fourth floor. Please note that only one support person will be allowed to stay with you throughout your stay.

Can someone be with me during my labor and delivery?

You can have two support persons by your side at the same time while you’re in the Labor & Delivery department. You can have one support person present at a time when you’re in Couplet Care. These care partners can include a spouse or partner, doula, or another loved one. Please note that these individuals will need to be healthy to enter the hospital and must wear a mask.

Will I have to wear a mask?

All patients and visitors must wear a mask during their time in the hospital.

What should I bring to the hospital?

As your due date approaches, you’ll want to prepare for your hospital stay. Be sure to pack:

  • A bathrobe, nursing gown and a nursing bra
  • Slippers you can wash or flip-flops
  • Shampoo and deodorant
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A hair brush and hair tie or clip
  • Items for your partner, such as a sweatshirt, toothbrush and snacks
  • Clothes and a blanket for your baby
  • A car seat for your baby; it’s best to leave the base secured to your car

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Mom with babyAfter Your Delivery

Does Enloe still offer support services for new moms?

Enloe continues to offer support services for moms, before and after pregnancy. Some are provided online, others in person (in small groups to allow for social distancing).

Your care team will share resources, including:

  • Lactation support
  • Postpartum classes
  • And referrals for pump rentals

Moms with COVID-19

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If this happens, your care team will take precautions before, during and after your delivery. Your provider will be notified and will discuss care during your pregnancy. If your due date is approaching, your provider will go over a plan for your admission into the hospital.

You should also watch for symptoms such as:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • A new loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Or loss of appetite

Let your care team know if you experience these, and seek care right away if you have difficulty breathing.

Expectant coupleWhat is known about COVID-19 and pregnancy?

COVID-19 is a new virus that we’re still learning about. However, based on what we know at this time, pregnant women might be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to others.

Additionally, there may be an increased risk of unwanted pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, among pregnant women who have COVID-19.

Can I pass the virus to my baby during pregnancy or delivery?

COVID-19 is a new virus. But data suggests it is not passed from mothers to babies during pregnancy or delivery. COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets. Most pregnant women with COVID-19 give birth to healthy babies.

Will I be allowed to have a support person with me?

You can have two support persons by your side at the same time while you’re in the Labor & Delivery department. You can have one support person present at a time when you’re in Couplet Care. These care partners can include a spouse or partner, doula, or another loved one. Please note that these individuals will need to be healthy to enter the hospital and must wear a mask.

What can I expect during my labor?

During labor:

  • You’ll have a dedicated nurse.
  • Fewer caregivers will go into your room.
  • Some communication will be done over the phone instead of in person.
  • You will be asked to wear a mask.
  • Your care team will wear face masks, gowns, gloves and other personal protective equipment.

Having COVID-19 does not affect how you deliver your baby (vaginally or through a cesarean section), or your choice of pain control.

Newborn sleepingWhat can I expect after my labor?

Once your baby is born, you two will remain together as long as you and your baby don’t require additional care. Your baby will be placed in an isolette to create a physical barrier for added protection.

You will be asked to:

  • Sanitize your hands before feeding or touching your baby.
  • Wear a mask while you hold your baby or express breast milk.

Can I infect my baby through breastfeeding?

There is no indication that you can. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and American Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine encourage breastfeeding even if moms have COVID-19.

According to the CDC, antibodies against COVID-19 have been found in breast milk.

What can I expect when I breastfeed?

If you have COVID-19 and breastfeed your baby, you will need to:

  • Wash your hands before breastfeeding or pumping.
  • Wear a mask during these sessions.

When pumping, you should:

  • Use the breast pump provided.
  • Wash your hands before touching any pump or bottle parts, or expressing milk.

If possible, have someone who is healthy feed your baby.

Other Questions

What if I have other questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

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