Coronavirus (167) WHO: New advice on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding

20 March, 2020

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.

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Best wishes, Neil

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