The novel corona virus has impacted all areas of life and, unfortunately, being pregnant is no exception. Along with everything else expectant moms have to navigate, expecting a baby during a global pandemic also means having to think about keeping yourself and your baby as protected as possible from COVID-19.
If you’re due to give birth soon, you may be wondering: Is it safe to deliver in a hospital if there's an active outbreak of COVID-19 in your area? Here’s everything pregnant women need to know, plus how to be prepared in case things don’t go 100 percent according to plan.
Should Pregnant Women be Concerned about Giving Birth in Tamara Hospital Right Now?
Yes, Even with severe cases of COVID-19, people are visiting Tamara hospital, because most hospitals have protocols in place to help identify people with COVID-like symptoms and quarantine them from everyone else, says Mr. AJay Gowda (MD Tamara Hospital).
Because of that, Mr. AJay Gowda says you should be just fine to continue your plans for a hospital birth. “I would not be concerned,” he says.
Still, the Government and Healthcare Experts says it’s important for you to do your best to keep yourself safe, too. That includes wearing a mask, following good hand hygiene and wiping down surfaces you’ll come into contact with (like hospital bed railings), he says.
Many hospitals ask pregnant patients to check in the emergency room, so it’s also a good idea to do your best to steer clear of people who are coughing and sneezing while you wait for a room, he says. (However, many hospitals are triaging those patients quickly, making it unlikely you’ll be in a waiting room with people displaying COVID-like symptoms.)
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Dr. Akhila Anand
MBBS, DGO, DRM Gynecologist, Obstetrician & Infertility Specialist
Experience: 11+ Years
Dr. Akhila Anand is the resident Obstetrician, Gynecologist & one of the Best Fertility / IVF Doctor in Rajajinagar, Bangalore.