Everything is pretty much restricted. Amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), you might be wondering whether hospital birth would be a safe alternative.
To date, the number of positive cases are encroaching towards 3 millions.
The severity of the current pandemic outbreak can’t be omitted. Especially when it concerns someone who is considered as high risk.
There is no scientifically-proven evidence to suggest pregnant women would be at a higher risk to develop severe COVID-19.
Regardless, precautionary steps should be undertaken. Here is some information that you need to know regarding hospital births during the COVID-19 outbreak and what you can do to minimise the risk of getting infected.
Hospital birth, is it really dangerous now?
Although the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has updated its guideline regarding home births, according to experts, hospital birth remains the much safer alternative.
Every single equipment can be accessed by healthcare providers in the hospital setting especially when something predictable happens.
The primary concern is the safety of the mother and the baby.
You might be concerned about the prospect of hospital birth due to the fact that severe COVID-19 patients are being admitted and treated in the hospital.
However, note that every single hospital has their own protocol to minimise the exposure and risk of developing COVID-19.
The quarantine and isolation area would be pretty much obvious and all you gotta do is don’t head towards that direction.
This fact has been confirmed by experts and getting COVID-19 during hospital birth is the least of your worry.
If you aren’t sure, you can contact your healthcare providers to inquire for some information regarding the infectious disease protocol.
This is important during an outbreak setting. You should not know what you are bringing yourself into and how to avoid the quarantine area.
As long as you have verified the hospital is following the current updated policies on infection control, you are good for a hospital birth.
Keeping yourself safe at the doctor’s office
Complying with your prenatal checkup is important to optimise your pregnancy.
That’s why, you still need to go to the hospital to get yourself checked by a doctor.
If you’re concerned with hospital birth, you need to address your issue to your healthcare providers.
You need to bring along a bottle of hand sanitiser as a precautionary step. Hand hygiene is such an important step to overcome this outbreak.
If you are being placed in an emergency room, be vigilant.
Steer clear of people who show respiratory symptoms. Hospital birth can be the safest alternatives, if you know how to handle yourself.
You can bring your alcohol wipes along. Use it on surfaces that have been contacted by others like hospital bed railings etc.
Minimise the amount of visitors if you are being admitted.
COVID-19 is a silent disease. Due to its long incubation period (2-14 days) people might look healthy.
If they are actually infected, they can be spreading novel coronavirus to others.
You can get yourself a face mask just to be cautious.
Hospital birth can be difficult during this time but it does not impose extra risk to get infected.
Most of the doctor offices have been tailored to comply with the social distance practise.
You will be kept in a separate room and if you need to wait at the common area, ensure that you are at least 2 metres away from other patients.
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