This is a wild time in the world and we know many of you have questions and concerns about Covid-19 in relation to pregnancy, breast/chestfeeding, conception, etc. While there are some things we know, unfortunately, there is still much to learn about this virus. Check out this link for the most up-to-date information about Covid-19 and pregnancy and breastfeeding from the CDC here.
First things first, we want you to know that we will continue to be available for prenatal care, births, postpartum care, and fertility support throughout this tumultuous time. We know that many people are wondering if a home birth might be a safer or more comfortable option at this time and we are open to talking to you, answering your questions, and accepting late transfers to care for this reason. We are also available to offer prenatal care (in our office) and postpartum care (in your home) to clients who want to continue with their plan to have a hospital birth who may want to avoid going to the hospital or clinic for the time being to limit their exposure.
We will continue taking many precautions to help prevent the spread of this virus, which include:
1) Encouraging our clients to take social distancing seriously, to stay at home when they can, and practicing this ourselves when we are not providing direct care to our clients.
2) Washing our hands before and after each visit and asking our clients to wash or sanitize their hands before coming in to the office.
3) Cleaning all high-touch surfaces and equipment in our office in-between visits.
4) Staggering appointment times so that clients don't have to come in close contact with each other and we have more time to clean in-between appointments.
5) Offering online, easy to use, HIPPA-compliant telemedicine appointments when appropriate.
6) Ensuring that our clients and their family members are all in good health before doing in-person appointments to limit our exposure to illness.
7) Temporarily removing the children's toys/books from our office and asking our clients to leave their children at home for appointments whenever possible.
8) Recommending hospital birth if anyone has symptoms of Covid-19 when they go in to labor.
9) Not having direct contact with clients ourselves if we are at all sick.
If you are interested in the possibility of transferring care to a home-birth midwife, or want some out-of-hospital prenatal and/or postpartum care, feel free to call us anytime at (503) 310-9715 or fill out our contact form here. We would be happy to set up a free online video or in-person consultation. This is a chance for you to get all of your questions answered, hear what care with us would look like, and see if we'd be a good fit for you and your family.
We are holding our pregnant, postpartum, and trying-to-conceive clients close to our hearts during this time and wishing good health for you and your families. We will do our best to continue to provide you with more information about this virus in relation to pregnancy and breast/chest feeding as it becomes available.