Coronavirus: Information on pregnancy, birth and postpartum

Pregnant women worry a lot about their baby. The coronavirus has triggered a further line of thought: do I belong to the risk group? Will the coronavirus affect the birth of my child? You will find answers to these and other questions in the question catalogue below.

Are pregnant women particularly at risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus?

Are pregnant women particularly at risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus?

Information on the current situation can be found on the FOPH's website (available in French and German). 

If I test positive for the virus while I’m pregnant, can I infect my unborn child?

If I test positive for the virus while I’m pregnant, can I infect my unborn child?

Information on the current situation can be found on the FOPH's website (available in French and German). 

Should I get tested for Covid-19 (coronavirus) because I’m pregnant?

Should I get tested for Covid-19 (coronavirus) because I’m pregnant?

No, only if you have cold and flu symptoms.

Is my partner allowed to be present during the birth?

Is my partner allowed to be present during the birth?

Yes, at the Hirslanden hospitals your partner can be present during the birth.

Are partners allowed to visit after the birth?

Are partners allowed to visit after the birth?

Please ask your chosen maternity hospital.

How long can I stay in the postnatal ward after giving birth?

How long can I stay in the postnatal ward after giving birth?

You can stay in the postnatal ward for as long as it is medically necessary to do so. Women usually stay three nights after a natural birth and four nights after a caesarean birth.

What is the procedure when a woman gives birth who has the virus or is suspected of having the virus?

What is the procedure when a woman gives birth who has the virus or is suspected of having the virus?

Their partner and the medical staff will wear the necessary protective equipment. Afterwards the room will be disinfected in accordance with the current hygiene guidelines.

Will newborn babies be separated from mothers who test positive for the virus?

Will newborn babies be separated from mothers who test positive for the virus?

At the moment there are no standard recommendations for this situation. The decision will be made on a case by case basis and in consultation with the parents.

I have tested positive for COVID-19 Can I still breastfeed my child?

I have tested positive for COVID-19 Can I still breastfeed my child?

According to gynécologie suisse, there is no contraindication to breastfeeding of COVID-19 positive patients. It should be determined individually with the mother whether breastfeeding is desired or whether she prefers to express milk. For either method, strict protective measures must be undertaken to prevent contagion to the child (hand hygiene and disinfection, breast washing before breastfeeding, face mask in the mother's home, disinfection of the breast pump, etc.).