Dear HIFA and CHIFA (child health and rights) members,
(with thanks to Fran McConville and Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery)
WHO has publiched new advice on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
The advice is presented in a Q&A format, addressing the following questions:
Are pregnant women at higher risk from COVID-19?
I’m pregnant. How can I protect myself against COVID-19?
Should pregnant women be tested for COVID-19?
Can COVID-19 be passed from a woman to her unborn or newborn baby?
What care should be available during pregnancy and childbirth?
Do pregnant women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 need to give birth by caesarean section?
Can women with COVID-19 breastfeed?
Can I touch and hold my newborn baby if I have COVID-19?
I have COVID-19 and am too unwell to breastfeed my baby directly. What can I do?
Please disseminate widely.
Best wishes, Neil
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