Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 and Asante hospitals.
Is it safe to deliver my baby at the hospital?
Asante is taking precautions to ensure you and your baby remain safe. These include:
- Two support persons will be allowed to accompany you during your delivery.
- Doulas who are certified with the Oregon Health Authority and who can be found on the Traditional Health Worker Registry are an exception to the current visitor policy and may act as an additional support person for the woman in labor.
- If you have or are suspected to have COVID-19 and go into labor, we will provide you and your partner with a special precautions room for delivery.
- In most cases, you and your baby will stay in the same room.
- OB patients who are not in labor and have cold or flu-like symptoms will be evaluated first at the Emergency Department.
Please view Asante Guidelines for Birthing Families During COVID-19 for more info.
Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy?
It is not yet known whether the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy. Mother-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread.
Can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to the fetus or newborn?
A very small number of babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth. However, it is unknown if these babies got the virus before or after birth. The virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.
Can I feed my baby breast milk if I have COVID-19?
Breastmilk protects children in ways that formula cannot. It remains the safest, most nutritious and reliable food source for your baby. At this time, COVID-19 does not appear to be transmitted through breastmilk. It is critical that you take all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to your baby, including washing your hands before touching them
and wearing a face mask, if possible, while feeding at the breast. If pumping milk, be sure to wash your hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and follow recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use.
From the Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 29, 2020