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What's changing for pregnant women due to give birth because of Covid-19

What’s changing for pregnant women due to give birth because of Covid-19

Hospitals across Wales are changing their rules for patients and visitors to try limit exposure to coronavirus.

It has been confirmed a woman has died after contracting coronavirus at a Welsh hospital where she had gone in for a routine operation.

Changes are also being brought in at maternity units across Wales.

Antenatal care, including midwife appointments and antenatal classes, are being cancelled and replaced with telephone appointments or online videos.

Some scans are also being cancelled and water births are being stopped.

In Cardiff, the midwife-led unit has been closed, and the Tirion Birth Centre has also closed.

A Facebook page has been set up by midwives to give women up-to-date advice.

Here’s the current position at each health board.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

All women are now going to central delivery suite rather than the midwife-led unit and when woman is moved to postnatal ward, partners will be asked to leave.

All visitors are now prohibited.

There are other rules for pregnant women:

Birth partner may attend once in active labour (partners are not permitted during induction of labour or early labour on the antenatal ward) Birth partners may be present for the duration of care on labour ward Partners are not permitted at any time into the postnatal ward On discharge, mother and baby will be escorted outside the maternity unit by a member of staff to their partner

Overnight stays are now stopped but midwives say they aim to get women home as soon as possible.

When it comes to scans, women are being asked not to attend if they are showing any symptoms, or if anyone in their household is.

Cwm Taf

Visitors are allowed between 8am and 9pm for anyone who has no symptoms of Covid-19. Partners are not allowed to stay overnight.

On the labour ward, one birth partner is allowed for the duration of labour. Again, they cannot have any symptoms of coronavirus.

Children are not allowed onto the maternity wards or into the delivery suite.

Any women who have scheduled Antenatal Clinic, Ultrasound Scans or planned hospital appointments in pregnancy will continue to be contacted prior to the their appointments, for screening purposes and they will be asked to attend appointments alone.

Find out more on their maternity Facebook page.

Aneurin Bevan

Update published on March 21, which a spokesperson confirmed is still valid: “We understand that at this time, there is a lot of anxiety around the provision of Maternity Care, and in particular, Antenatal Care.

“Please be assured that we will continue to provide care. We may, however, need to change how this care is delivered, and this may mean that for some appointments, there will be a telephone consultation rather than a face to face meeting. We would advise you to continue to attend planned appointments including any scans unless we contact you, however, we do ask that you attend on your own.

“The health and wellbeing of yourself and your baby is very important to us, and should you have pregnancy-related concerns, including for Labour, you should continue to contact us on the numbers provided in your handheld records. If you could avoid calling these numbers to check that appointments are going ahead, that would be really helpful

“Despite changes to visiting in our hospitals, you will still be able to have one birth partner with you for your delivery and that person will be your nominated visitors for your time on the ward post-birth.

“We understand that this will be very upsetting for many of our mums to be and their families, but ask that you adhere to this during this very difficult time in order to keep you, your baby and our staff safe.”

All antenatal classes, parentcraft and pregnancy yoga has been cancelled but alternatives are available online.

You can find more information online.

Betsi Cadwaladr

The latest online advice says that visiting at all North Wales hospitals has been suspended.

From March 26, for pregnant women, one birthing partner from the same household to support a woman in labour will be permitted.

Find out more online.

Hywel Dda

Hywel Dda provided an update on Tuesday.

That says there can be only one birthing partner and has the following advice: “We know this is a very distressing time and it will be upsetting to not be able to visit your loved ones.

“Our Patient Support Team are able to help to deliver essential items to patients from their family; if you need their assistance please call them on and 0300 0200 159 and they will do their best to help you.”

Powys Teaching health board

Unless you’ve been told otherwise, you should still attend midwifery appointments.

“We will only be seeing women at home in exceptional circumstances.”

Women are asked to attend all antenatal appointments including scans alone. “For the foreseeable future we are asking that just one birth partner who feels well”. No children are allowed to attend at any time.

Home births are still being offered

Latest information is online.

Swansea Bay health board

On Tuesday morning, Swansea Bay NHS said that all general hospital visiting has stopped. No-one can visit if they are feeling unwell or have high temperature or new cough.

For the maternity wards, one birthing partner is allowed.

Their information is also on Facebook.