COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Your Safety is Our Top Priority

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At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, our team of OB-GYN experts are here to ensure a safe and healthy delivery for you and your baby.

Did you know that delivering your little one at a hospital is still the safest option for both you and baby? Homebirths have a high risk of complications, and during the pandemic, it’s especially difficult to guarantee your baby is arriving into a safe, sterile environment.

At St. Elizabeth, we have all of the resources for every birth scenario, from a natural birth to an emergency c-section. We also have a state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for immediate, specialized neonatal care if your baby needs it.

Our team has implemented additional safety measures to ensure our patients are protected, and we continue to make adjustments and improvements as new information surfaces. Our team is committed to thorough cleaning and hand washing, temperature checks and wearing masks to ensure a safe environment.

“We want you to have the safest birth experience,” says Ellee Humphrey, Director of System Women’s and Children’s Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

“Our team of experts at St. Elizabeth is here to help you deliver your bundle of joy safely and with all of the necessary protective measures during this unprecedented time.”

During labor and delivery and throughout your entire stay at St. Elizabeth, our new mothers are surrounded by compassionate, dedicated nurses, certified nurse midwives and physicians. In addition to the one support person allowed in with our laboring mothers, St. Elizabeth provides access to our complimentary remote concierge services throughout your stay at the Family Birth Place.

“We’re here for your needs, both big and small,” says Dr. Abby Loftus, an OB-GYN at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Delivering your baby at St. Elizabeth is the best option for a safe and healthy delivery during the pandemic.”

Questions? Let us help.

We know that you have so many questions right now. We are in this with you – and we’re not going to leave your side. To help answer some of our most commonly asked questions, our experts share the latest information on breastfeeding, visitors and more:

Is it safe to breastfeed my baby during the pandemic?

As long as you are practicing safe hygiene before and after each feeding, it is perfectly safe to breastfeed your little one. Make sure to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer before breastfeeding. If you start experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, begin pumping instead of directly breastfeeding your baby and make sure the pump parts are washed in hot soapy water each time. Breastmilk is safe but it should be fed to your baby by a healthy family member.

Is infant formula safe to prepare?

Our experts say absolutely – just make sure you practice good handwashing hygiene while preparing the baby’s formula. If you begin experiencing symptoms, someone else should prepare and feed your baby the bottle.  

Can my baby’s big brother or sister come to visit us in the hospital?

At St. Elizabeth, we know your entire family is ready to bond over the arrival of your newest little one. However, our team is actively working to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our new mothers are currently only allowed one support person during labor and delivery. Children and other visitors are not permitted in the hospital for the safety of our patients and staff. We encourage you to utilize our newest sibling and grandparent Snapchat geofilters to capture these special moments for your entire family.

Can we have visitors?

We know that it’s so tempting to have “healthy” family and friends over to visit your newborn. However, during the pandemic it is essential to remember that people can be asymptomatic or not showing symptoms yet – and might not show symptoms for days or weeks. Social distancing is critical to help minimize COVID-19 risk and exposure, especially for newborns who have fragile immune systems. Instead, utilize FaceTime, Zoom or Houseparty to introduce your loved one to family and friends, after delivery.

What should I do if my baby seems sick? Are there infant COVID-19 symptoms?

If your little one has a fever, fast breathing, a cough/runny nose or isn’t feeding well, call your pediatrician right away for advice.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare: We’re Here for You

At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we are committed to keeping our patients and staff healthy – during the pandemic and always. Our team is available for virtual visits to talk through your labor and delivery questions and concerns. We are committed to being your healthcare partner, and we’re doing everything possible to ensure that your birth experience is as positive, safe and unforgettable as you’ve always hoped.

For specific COVID-19 questions, including how to get tested, please call our St. Elizabeth COVID-19 Helpline at 1-800-737-7900.