As an essential healthcare service, Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny will continue to provide exceptional overnight support services to your family.
Our team is required to undergo mandatory Universal Precautions training in addition to completing an online course: COVID-19: A Guide for Direct Care Workers that reinforces Universal Precautions and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of the BBNN team of specialists and your families is our top priority. Please feel free to contact either myself or Bryn if you have any questions. We will all get through this together.
We will be doing everything in our power to continue to provide exceptional support services to your family. We ask that if you or a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 or exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, to please notify us as soon as possible. We are counting on each other to provide essential communication for the health and safety of our clients as well as our specialists.
We’re also offering a variety of online programs & customized virtual services, including weekly zoom meetings, designed to address the questions of new and expecting parents. Our Newborn 101 session is designed to answer individual questions and concerns about newborn care. We customize our sessions to address your primary concerns, whether it’s bringing your newborn home from the hospital, breast or bottle feeding questions, sleeping, napping or even bathing techniques our team will provide you with suggestions and support based on medical training and proven research. As always, we closely follow the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
As we make decisions on how to better support your family’s health and well being during this time, we will continue to keep you up to date and informed every step of the way.
Question: If you are pregnant are you at 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?
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.
Check out our parenting library for online newborn support classes. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube so you don’t miss anything.
Question: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Answer: According to CDC, the symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild symptoms to severe illness. Deaths have been reported from confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after being infected:
- Shortness of breath
Question: How does COVID-19 spread?
- Mainly from person-to-person. Between close contact (about 6 feet away) with someone infected. The virus travels from person-to-person via respiratory droplets when the infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Possibly by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or possibly your eyes.
- Some spreading of the virus can happen before a person shows symptoms. But people are most contagious when they feel really sick.
Question: How can you prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Answer: At the moment there’s no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent getting infected is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can follow the same steps you take to prevent getting sick with a cold or the flu to protect yourself from COVID-19. This includes:
- Stay home when you’re sick and avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your arm. Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before touching anyone. You also can use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Use enough hand sanitizer so that it takes at least 20 seconds for your hands to dry.
- Clean and disinfect objects you touch regularly and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Use hot, soapy water or a dishwasher to wash your dishes and utensils.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick and can’t wear a facemask.
Question: What can you do if you get infected with COVID-19?
Answer: If you think you may have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, call your health care provider. Your provider can guide you about getting testing for COVID-19 and will work with your state’s public health department and CDC.
According to the latest information from CDC people who are mildly ill with the virus that causes COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. If you have mild symptoms follow these recommended steps:
- Call a medical facility before you show up. Be sure to tell the staff that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the facility to take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility.
- Stay home except to get medical care. Do not take part in activities outside your home, except if you are seeking medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas and avoid using public transportation or taxis (including ride-shares).
- Stay separate from others in your home. Stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets you live with. Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your arm. Throw used tissues in the trash. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, right after. You also can use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Use enough hand sanitizer so that it takes at least 20 seconds for your hands to dry.
- Don’t share personal household items. Use hot, soapy water or a dishwasher to wash your dishes and utensils. Don’t share towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items wash them thoroughly.
- Clean and disinfect objects you touch regularly. Examples include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Use a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wear a facemask when you are around other people. If you are not able to wear a facemask then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you. They should wear a facemask if they enter your room.