COVID-19: Advice and information for pregnant women
Canberra Health Services has developed some specific information for pregnant women in the ACT. The information sheets provide information about your pregnancy and birthing during COVID-19, and advice about protecting yourself during COVID-19
COVID-19 Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support Helpline
In response to COVID-19, Canberra Health Services has set up a new support line to help Canberra families. Families can call the Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support line on 51241775 for enquiries and support about pregnancy, early parenting concerns, child and family health, physiotherapy and nutrition services.
As of April 3 there are new Health Service Changes for pregnant women
To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep families, babies and staff safe, there are changes to Women, Youth and Children services. They will contact families whose appointments or treatment are affected by the changes. They are also establishing an early pregnancy and parenting support phone line where you can speak to a midwife about early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns. They will let you know when this service is available.
An early pregnancy and parenting support phone line has been established to support women with early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns. You can call 5124 1775 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. Please leave a voicemail with your name, best contact number and reason for your call and a health professional will call you back within one business day.
Antenatal Care – If you are pregnant you should continue to attend your antenatal appointments. As the situation is evolving, your routine antenatal appointments may need to change, and you will be contacted if this is the case. If you are unwell or in self-isolation for possible/confirmed COVID-19 and are due to attend a routine maternity appointment, contact your maternity care provider and request advice.
Childbirth Education – They are looking at options for Childbirth Education sessions, as face-to-face sessions are not going ahead due to the current circumstances. If you’re booked into a class, they will contact you.
Maternal and Child Health Services and Midcall – After returning home, a midwife or Maternal and Child Health (MACH) nurse will contact you by phone to discuss the wellbeing of you and your baby. During the phone call, your midwife or MACH nurse will determine whether a home visit is required based on your clinical need. If you need feeding support or have any parenting concerns, please call 5124 1775.
MACH services will cease face-to-face services for Early Days Group and Drop-in Clinics. The Early Childhood Immunization Clinic will continue to provide services. Influenza appointments are now available to book from 20 April 2020. Call the Central Health Intake on 5124 9977.
As of March 30 there are Further changes to Canberra Health Services
Canberra Health Services are implementing a number of changes to maternity services.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, one person will be allowed to be the support person in labour. This person will remain the designated visitor for the duration of the woman’s stay in hospital, in line with previously announced visitor restrictions.
Routine antenatal appointments will continue, but as the situation is evolving this may need to change and any impacted patients will be contacted. Antenatal classes and other group sessions will be provided in an online format.
An early pregnancy and parenting phone line is being established to support with early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns.
These services are considered essential. They are not aiming to reduce these services, rather, finding new ways to deliver them to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe.
Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for pregnant women and their families
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has published advice and information for pregnant women and their families regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This information contains knowledge available to the College now regarding risks to pregnant women and their offspring, advice regarding self-care during pregnancy and changes to the way that antenatal and postnatal care will be delivered. The full article is online here.
Please find advice for pregnant women from RANZCOG translated into various languages through a partnership with Harmony Alliance: