The vaccine (Pfizer & Moderna) is recommended in pregnancy by the BCCDC. Please read their latest handout with some good answers to your questions.
Clinic safety protocols
To keep in step with Public Health recommendations, we made the following changes to our practice:
- Pre-screening all clients prior to arrival and before any home visits
- Following the WHO schedule for essential in-person prenatal visits, with all other scheduled visits taking place via Telehealth
- Limiting the amount of face-to-face time at in-person visits by doing Q&A on the phone prior to the client being invited to enter the clinic
- Requiring all clients to wear a medical-grade mask to all visits (if you don’t have one, we can provide one)
- Removed all toys, books, flyers, business cards, brochures, and magazines
- Rescheduled all group care to individual visits
- Re-created Connecting Pregnancy classes in an online format
- Increased cleaning regimen to include a deep clean daily as well as wiping down all equipment and surfaces with anti-bacterial and antiviral cleaners between client visits
What is happening at RCH?
- Only your partner (and a certified doula) are permitted to attend you during labour; your partner only is permitted during the postpartum time. All visitors will be screened at the door, must wear a medical-grade mask, and will be refused entry if they are ill in any way.
- Giving Birth at RCH in the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Giving Birth at RCH If You Are COVID-19 Positive
Monitor yourself daily for the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills?
- Cough or shortness of breath?
- Runny nose or nasal congestion?
- Sore throat/painful swallowing?
- Loss of sense of taste/smell or appetite?
- Headache, muscle aches, or fatigue?
If you have any of the above symptoms, no matter how mild, seek screening immediately and self-isolate until you get your results.
What can you do?
- Start considering the risks & benefits of Covid-19 vaccination by reading the current Canadian guidelines.
- Follow Public Health recommendations. Don’t take any unnecessary risks for you or your family. Follow the excellent advice from Health Canada for new parents.
- To decrease the traffic to the clinic, bring only yourself (and your newborn after you’ve given birth) to your visits. We’ll be happy to video-conference with other family members as you prefer. If you’ve given birth by c-section, your partner can carry baby up to the clinic for you, and can return at the end of your visit.
- Please do not attend the clinic if you are ill. Call us for advice and/or to reschedule.
- Limit your visitors after baby comes–continue to follow Public Health recommendations re: social gatherings and physical distancing.