We have listed some key questions we are receiving from patients below.
Please visit the NEW Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate website for the latest information and research on COVID-19 for pregnant women.
1. I’m feeling incredibly anxious about giving birth. What should I do to cope?
Many women are anxious about giving birth and the current situation can make things more stressful. Having a plan in place for your birth can help. We recommend sitting down with your partner to discuss the birth and draw up a birth plan. This can include details on who to phone when the labour begins, and who is to be your birthing partner when you give birth.
Please be reassured that our midwives are there to support you and will do their best to make the experience of giving birth as positive as they can and will guide you through each step. Please focus on taking care of yourself as much as you possibly can. Eat and drink well, and try to enjoy being pregnant as it is a special time.
2. What do I do if I have a COVID-19 related query or concern, eg I am waiting to be swabbed / waiting for swab results, or my partner is?
We would ask you to contact the CUMH reception on 021 492 0500 and state you have a COVID-19 related query/concern. They will direct your call to a staff member who can address this with you.
3. Is it safe to continue antenatal check-ups?
We understand that you may be fearful about going to appointments while recommendations are in place such as such as staying home and practicing physical distancing. However, we still advise you to attend antenatal appointments where scheduled.
We’ve taken steps to make it as safe as possible, such as screening on entry, social distancing in waiting rooms and availability of hand sanitizers. If you have any specific concerns, please do call us.
4. I am pregnant – should I still go to work?
If you are still permitted to work under the government list of essential work you may still go to work. We advise to practice good hand hygiene and maintain social distancing at all times. If you are concerned this is not possible in your work environment, or you are at particular risk in your job, you can contact your occupational health department/employer for further advice.
5. What should I pack to go into hospital given the coronavirus outbreak?
You don’t need to pack anything more than you would do usually. The HSE has advice on what to bring in a compact hospital bag for labour and birth. https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/hospital-bag-for-labour-and-birth.html
6. What if I need support during induction/early labour?
We are committed to providing you with excellent midwifery support in all stages of labour. You will have a midwife in the induction room at all times, you will be kept informed and you will be supported throughout.
When you are in the strong, active stage of labour your support person will be contacted and asked to come in for further support.
7. Can my birth partner come in with me when I give birth?
In CUMH one support person (partner /companion) can only join the mother when admitted to the delivery suite in labour or when called to the theatre for a caesarean section. After the birth, partners/companions are kindly asked to go home and return when the mother and baby are being discharged from CUMH.
8. What if my partner can’t be at the birth and I need support?
If you do not have a support person who is well and able to be with you when you give birth we understand that this can be worrying. Here in CUMH we provide one-to-one care in labour, so you will have your own midwife supporting you when you are giving birth. This midwife will do their best to make the experience of giving birth as positive as they can and will guide you through each step.
9. How will I be supported on the postnatal ward after my birth partner goes home?
The healthcare staff in CUMH are committed to providing you with support when caring for your baby on the postnatal floor. You will have a call bell beside your bed and your midwife will be in to you regularly. You will be offered discharge home as soon as you are up and well, with a follow up phone call from your ward.
Our postnatal supports and services are still available within the hospital such as a visit by one of our lactation consultants on the wards.
NOTE: Visits to inpatient mothers & babies for two hours daily are scheduled via our Visitor Scheduling App. We plan to extend this visiting time in the near future. The nominated visitor receives a text on the morning of the visit and completes the Covid-19 screening questionnaire securely online. They receive a barcode on successful completion of the questionnaire, enabling fast track entry at the marquee at the CUMH hospital entrance.
For all information related to CUMH and COVID-19 please visit our COVID-19 safety notice page.