Pregnancy during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Many women who are pregnant during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are finding that changes to NHS care are forcing them to reconsider their birth plans. Many hospitals have reduced the number of birth partners that women can have during hospital births. Some have suspended their home birth service. Breastfeeding drop ins are also closed.
If you have been affected by this and are now looking at your options outside of the NHS, please contact me to see if I can help. I am working closely with other local independent and private midwives to offer flexibility and support during this difficult time. I am always happy to talk through your options and how I might be able to help you. You don’t need to make any commitment.
In particular I can help with:
- Reviewing your options. You may want to reconsider whether to have a hospital birth. Maybe a home birth might be better for you. There are several considerations to take into account that are quite unique to the current situation. These include restrictions on hospital birth partners, possible increased exposure to the virus during a hospital birth and potential delays to ambulance attendance times
- Regular or one-off antenatal appointments
- Regular or one-off postnatal appointments
- Breastfeeding support
- Hypnobirthing preparation
All appointments can be done in person if you and the people living with you are are well. Or we can make arrangements for a consultation by Zoom if you are self-isolating due to having Coronavirus symptoms (or living with someone with symptoms), or if you would prefer to minimise face-to-face contact.
To keep up to date with guidance and support for women who are pregnant during the Coronavirus epidemic, please see The RCOG.
Find out more by clicking on the links below or contact me if you’ve got any questions.