Recommendations for antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
: March 26, 2021
Care during COVID-19 pandemic
- Pregnant women who are not working in essential services or health care should socially isolate like all members of the community.
- Women who are in essential services including healthcare workers can continue to work if asymptomatic and not a recent COVID-19 contact. They should use PPE precautions as appropriate for their work environment.
- Any pregnant woman who develops an influenza like illness should be evaluated, by phone consult if needed, and consideration of oseltamivir treatment if symptoms consistent with influenza and less than 72 hours since symptom onset as influenza in pregnancy can be complicated and influenza is still circulating in BC.
- If a pregnant woman develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is in the third trimester (not just after 35 weeks) she should be tested and then managed according to the severity of the illness. This information should be conveyed to the facility she anticipates to be delivering in.
- If a woman develops COVID-19 at any time in pregnancy, they need evaluation and enhanced fetal surveillance (see SOGC guidelines).
- We need to understand more about what the impact of COVID-19 is in pregnancy and we will be establishing a surveillance and outcome evaluation program for COVID-19 in pregnancy.
- The Reproductive Infectious Diseases Service at BC Women’s Hospital is available for phone consultation for health care providers of pregnant women with documented or suspected COVID-19 in pregnancy (604-875-2161).
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) also has information about COVID-19 in pregnancy
on their website.
Cultural Humility, Cultural Safety and Trauma-Informed Care help to create an equitable and respectful health care environment and these approaches are key to improving health services for Indigenous people.
Perinatal Health, Cultural Safety in COVID-19 provides guidance on
- Why Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Trauma-Informed Care are important during COVID-19
- Providing Culturally Safe care during COVID-19
- Special considerations for serving rural and remote communities
- Family planning
- Prenatal care
- Labour and delivery
- Postpartum care