A hospital or certified birth center is the safest place to have your baby. Even the most uncomplicated pregnancies can develop problems or complications with little warning during labor and delivery. Being in a hospital allows you and your baby to have access to all the necessary medical care if these problems arise.
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That said, what precautions should I take if my newborn is in the same room as me in the hospital during COVID-19 isolation?
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If you are in isolation for COVID-19 and are sharing a room with your newborn, take the following steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to your newborn: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before holding or caring for your newborn. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wear a mask when within 6 feet of your newborn. Keep your newborn more than 6 feet away from you as much as possible. Discuss with your healthcare provider ways to protect your newborn, such as using a physical barrier (for example, placing the newborn in an incubator) while in the hospital.
Briefly, what are some of the risks of COVID-19 if you are pregnant?
Pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes that could include preterm birth, stillbirth, and admission into the ICU of a newborn also infected with COVID-19.
Apart from this, should pregnant women get a COVID-19 booster?
“ACOG recommending a booster of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after the last dose for pregnant women,” or a booster of the J&J vaccine at least two months after the last dose, said Dr. LaPlante, adding that it is important that “women who have been vaccinated and are pregnant, get a booster dose.”
Which ethnicity of pregnant women are more affected by COVID-19?
Pregnant women who are Black or Hispanic appear to be disproportionately affected by infection with the COVID-19 virus.
Wash your hands often with plain soap and water. The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Learn more about safely using hand sanitizer. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering or non-surgical mask when around others. Find more information about how to select, wear, and clean your mask. Avoid crowds and practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet apart from others). Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.
Both symptomatic and asymptomatic neonates born to mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, regardless of mother's symptoms, should have testing performed at approximately 24 hours of age. If initial test results are negative, or not available, testing should be repeated at 48 hours of age.For asymptomatic neonates expected to be discharged <48 hours of age, a single test can be performed prior to discharge, between 24-48 hours of age.