Question: If you are pregnant are you at a higher risk of getting COVID-19?
Answer: At this time, we have limited pregnancy-specific data about COVID-19 . However, current data does not indicate that pregnant women are at an increased risk. Public health and medical groups are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and providing regular updates.
Are babies/children more likely to get COVID-19 than adults?
Answer: Data suggests that children are not at higher risk for getting COVID-19. Most confirmed cases in China have happened in adults. Some reports show that children with confirmed COVID-19 have mild symptoms. Serious problems in children with COVID-19 appear to be rare.
Question: Can you give COVID-19 to your baby during pregnancy or through breastmilk?
Answer: We do not know whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to her baby. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recent data has shown that babies born to mothers with the virus did not test positive for COVID-19. The virus has not been detected in amniotic fluid or breastmilk.
Question: What should you do if you have COVID-19 and you are in labor?
Answer: If you are in labor and you have confirmed COVID-19 or you think you have COVID-19, call the hospital or medical facility before you go. This way, the staff can take proper infection control precautions to protect your baby and other people from getting the infection.
Question: If you have COVID-19, how can a medical facility protect your baby after birth?
Answer: CDC recommends that medical facilities consider having moms with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 stay in a separate room from their new baby after birth until the risk of spreading the infection is over. Your providers can talk to you about the risks and benefits of this decision. Providers, infection control specialists and public health experts can work together to determine when to end this temporary separation.
If you and your baby are not separated, you can reduce the chances of your baby getting infected by washing your hands thoroughly and wearing a facemask before touching your baby. Your providers may help with other precautions, like keeping a curtain between you and your baby.
Question: Should you breastfeed your baby if you have COVID-19?
Answer: The COVID-19 virus has not been found in the breast milk of women with COVID-19. If it is confirmed that you have COVID-19, the CDC recommends talking to your provider about breastfeeding.
If you are temporarily separated from your newborn and you want to breastfeed, your providers can help you use a breast pump to express your breast milk. Wash your hands thoroughly before using the pump. A healthy provider can feed the breast milk to your baby.
Question: How is the team at Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny preventing the spread of COVID-19?
Answer: The newborn care team at BBNN has been specifically trained to follow current CDC and WHO protocols to prevent disease transmission. We are continually monitoring our care team and only those at low risk are being sent to homes for overnight care. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call.
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