Birth in the Time of COVID-19

We are all navigating a strange time right now, but there are extra uncertainties for the family getting ready to welcome a new child into the family. With hospitals limiting who comes in, concerns about transmission to your baby either prenatally or postpartum, and so many other things, here is a little bit of information to help you on your way.

Currently, Calgary hospitals are limiting the number of support people in labour and delivery units to one person, and it sounds like unless there are very extenuating circumstances they are holding this line firmly. This means that doulas won’t be supporting births in person, but a lot of doulas are offering virtual support. It’s not the same as in-person support, but we are all adapting these days and seeing that this is a very effective way to support someone. I’ve often joked in the past that my job is to “remind women to breathe.” So much of our support is verbal, and that can continue.

Doulas are adjusting their fees in light of this as well.  Ask about that when you’re interviewing potential doulas. You could also ask about any “Covid Clause” (these are such weird times!), and how they plan to support you prenatally, during labour, and into postpartum.

With all the unknowns, prenatal education is more important than ever.  Making sure you go into your birth with a firm, evidence-based foundation will support you if fear tries to hijack your birth.  There are so many great childbirth educators that are able to do virtual classes. Here are a couple different programs to look into:

Lamaze International

Birthing from Within

I’m always happy to chat about all things birthy, so get in contact and we can text/email/call/skype/FaceTime/WhatsApp/Zoom/Meet…

In the meantime, here a few more links to help you breathe a little easier:

WHO Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding

Interview with a Canadian Obstetrician

Free Covid-19 resource pack from Praeclarus Press

Take care of yourselves.  You’re going to do great.

Amy

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