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?
According to the latest findings, there is no indication that pregnant women become infected at higher rates than other people. Similarly, the Covid-19 lung disease that is caused by the virus is not more common or more severe among pregnant women than it is among other women in the same age group.
If I test positive for the virus while I’m pregnant, can I infect my unborn child?
In the Covid-19 cases among pregnant women that have been investigated so far, there is no evidence that the virus is transmitted to the child before birth. The virus has not been detected in amniotic fluid or in placenta.
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?
Yes, at the Hirslanden hospitals your partner can be present during the 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?
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?
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.
Can Covid-19 be transmitted through breastfeeding?
So far there is no evidence to suggest that the virus can be directly transmitted through breast milk.
However, because a mother with the virus can infect her baby through airborne droplets, they must adhere to strict hygiene guidelines in relation to breastfeeding (mask, hand washing). Expressing milk and bottle feeding is another option for reducing the risk of infection. Please discuss this situation with your attending medical practitioner.