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What to expect when you're expecting during COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed how new parents experience and celebrate the birth of a child.
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Doctor with a pregnant woman in medical masks during an examinations. Concept of new rules for the use of masks in medicine after or during a pandemic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — COVID-19 has changed the way we celebrate big moments – including the birth of a child.

Tosin Goje, MD, of Cleveland Clinic, said if you’re expecting a baby during the pandemic – you’ll want a clear understanding of your hospital’s COVID-19 rules and restrictions.

“They should start having the discussion as early as possible about expectations for labor and delivery – how their delivery is going to be different from the pre-COVID season,” she said. “They might realize that by talking about it, it’s not as bad as what they think it is.”

In order to prevent COVID-19 transmission, many hospitals require women to wear a face covering upon arrival.

Most hospitals will also ask about recent travel, health and contact history.

Pregnant women may be tested for COVID-19 once they’re admitted. Every hospital has their own testing policy for labor and delivery though, so be sure to ask your doctor for details.

In addition, the number of people allowed inside during and after delivery is restricted at most hospitals.

“In order to reduce transmission of COVID-19, to your loved ones and to your baby, there are restrictions to the amount of people that can be in the room,” said Dr. Goje. “Most hospitals have policies that are restricted to the immediate person that offers you emotional support.”

A new mom may also want to connect with loved ones during labor and delivery using video or virtual platforms.

Dr. Goje said it’s always a good idea for women to check with their doctor about video policies and to ask what types of technology are allowed in the hospital.

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