A set of guidelines have been published for the obstetric population amidst the new disease COVID-19 outbreak. Pregnant patients with known or suspected COVID-19 should give hospital prior notice. Healthcare in return should take appropriate measures, by identifying an appropriate labour room and by informing and training the healthcare professional handling the case. The hospital should also inform the infection control personnel os the anticipated arrival of the infected pregnant individual.
Once hospitalized the facility should ensure the infection control practices are consistent with the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The visitors should be limited to those essential to the patient, preferably one person throughout the hospitalization.
To determine if the mother and the child should be contacted after birth will depend on case to case. Considerations include the clinical condition; COVID-19 testing result of both mother and infant; and most importantly the ability to maintain separation after discharge.
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