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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.