Advice for pregnant women
We have noticed that pregnant women currently feel that they shouldn’t be reporting general issues regarding their pregnancy to their midwife, gynaecologist or GP. This is due to the fact that they fear they might contract the coronavirus during a visit to their healthcare provider. We would like to draw your attention to this information below because not reporting these issues might have adverse consequences for you or your baby.
Giving birth in hospitals and obstetric centres is safe
Several pregnant women are currently considering giving birth at home despite the fact that their original preference was to give birth with their own midwife at a hospital. We would like to emphasise that the coronavirus epidemic should not influence your decision in this matter. We are now able to provide good, safe care at hospitals too. We take all the precautionary and hygiene measures necessary both at home and in hospitals. This means that you can safely use our services for both your regular appointments and your delivery. Please bear in mind that all options remain open to you.
Women who have already chosen to give birth at home, or those who only want to make this decision after childbirth has started, can still give birth at home under midwife supervision.
There are, however, a number of precautionary measures currently in place to protect you and our healthcare providers as much as possible:
- You are requested to attend your appointments alone if possible. If there is a compelling reason for you to take your partner with you then this will be permitted, provided your partner has no symptoms of illness such as: a cold, fever, cough or shortness of breath. Please do consult with us.
- You can take one companion with you to the hospital during your delivery.
- National measures have relaxed slightly, which is why your partner may now accompany you to the MMC for the ultrasound examination, provided that he or she has no symptoms such as a cold, fever, cough or shortness of breath. This is in accordance with the national guidelines of the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV).
- Unfortunately, both during and after your delivery, no hospitals visits are currently allowed.
- If you have tested positive for the coronavirus, or we suspect you may be infected, the current indication is that you give birth in hospital with the gynaecologist having ultimate responsibility.
- If you have given birth at home, visitors are not allowed while the maternity nurse is present.
Ultrasound and check-ups
It is important for your health, and that of your baby/babies, that you continue to attend your ultrasound and examination appointments at the hospital and obstetric centres as normal. Our midwives and doctors will look at all the appointments that are planned for you and will adjust them where necessary. We will make these adjustments to, among other things, guarantee that a distance of 1.5 metres is kept in our waiting rooms. In practice, this will mean that more appointments will be conducted over the phone.
If our temporary precautions present you with personal issues, please let us know and we will work with you to find a suitable solution.
Reporting pregnancy issues
It is essential that you report pregnancy issues to your healthcare provider when you experience them. If you have coronavirus-related symptoms, we will wear protective clothing during the consultation or delivery. The gynaecology clinics and the delivery rooms/maternity suites are equipped for this.
Questions or further information
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us on +31 40 888 95 51.
We, of course, understand that you might be feeling anxious during this difficult time. We want to ensure that neither you nor your baby are exposed to any unnecessary health risks. Please continue, therefore, to communicate with your midwife or doctor.