Hi, I’m Rebecca Kimble obstetrician and gynaecologist.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus. It is expected that most pregnant women who get the virus, will only get mild or moderate cold or flu like symptoms.
The risk of infection passing from mother to baby during pregnancy is thought to be low. So far, the virus has not been shown to pass from the mother to her baby before birth, this is called ‘vertical transmission’.
To protect yourself and your baby, you can reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 by washing your hands regularly and frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub if no soap or water is available.
Use social distancing and avoid anyone who has a fever, cough or symptoms. Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
It is important that you continue with your antenatal care and discuss any changes to your birth preferences with your doctor, midwife or other healthcare provider.
To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, hospitals may have to change the way care is provided. We are expanding opportunities for pregnant women to be seen in the community and through telehealth services, including video and phone services.
This is a new virus and we will continue to update you as information becomes available.
We encourage you to read our fact sheets which have more detailed information and links to services. Ask your doctor, midwife or healthcare provider about what care is right for you.