How COVID-19 May Impact Your Prenatal Visits and Hospital Plan
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have rippled throughout the world. Although many of us have started to get used to our new normal, if you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you’re probably feeling an extra layer of stress right about now. As a prospective birth mother, it’s normal to feel anxious about labor and delivery. But, when you throw in a curveball like a global pandemic, it’s understandable to feel more nervous than normal. We know that the coronavirus has thrown a wrinkle into everyone’s plans, especially those considering placing babies for adoption. But, adoptions have happened in all kinds of situations, and COVID-19 doesn’t have to stop your plans. Below, find some helpful information about what to expect from your prenatal appointments and your hospital stay during COVID-19. If you have any other questions, please reach out to your adoption professional or doctor for more information.
Is Prenatal Care Still Available Face-to-Face?Policies on in-person prenatal care vary by medical professional. The most important thing is to keep everyone safe, and each doctor will have their own rules for doing so. Right now, medical professionals and hospitals are trying to limit in-person contact as much as possible. A lot of professionals are switching to virtual prenatal care for smaller check-ups. But you may still need to attend in-person appointments for sonograms and other procedures. When you do, you’ll have to adhere to certain safety policies and requirements. Depending on the professional’s policies, you may need to:
- Wear a mask
- Have your temperature taken
- Sanitize your hands before and after leaving the office/clinic
- Attend by yourself
- Wait in your car until the doctor is ready
What is the Hospital Experience Like for Prospective Birth Mothers?The first thing you should know is that every hospital is going to have their own policies. Talk with your doctor and your adoption professional ahead of time to find out how your hospital plan will be affected. Some situations adoption professionals have recently seen?
- A prospective birth mother has to deliver alone.
- A prospective birth mother can have one member of their support system in the room.
- A prospective birth mother can have the adoptive family in the delivery room.
- The adoptive family cannot come to the hospital at all.
- Only one member of the adoptive family can come to the hospital.
- Once the adoptive family comes to the hospital, they cannot leave until discharge.
- The adoptive family can come and go as they please.