A COVID-19 Update for Expectant Mothers

You've done your best to make healthy choices throughout your pregnancy – including choosing Munson Healthcare for safe, high-quality maternity care.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has added a unique set of challenges for you and your family as you prepare to welcome your new baby. However, we remain fully committed to providing you with the best, most compassionate prenatal, labor, and delivery experience in the safest environment. To protect you, your baby, and your family during this unprecedented public health crisis, we have instituted several proactive measures.

Please Note: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold around us in ways that are difficult to predict, we are continuously evaluating our policies and following best practices established by the World Health Organization in accordance with executive orders from the State of Michigan. Our current policies are subject to change in order to keep you and your baby safe.

Blog: What to Expect

Safety Measures in Place for Expectant Mothers and Their Families

Learn the safety measures that are in place and what to expect when you visit a Munson Healthcare hospital for labor and delivery. Find information about:

  • Visitors and Your Support Person
  • Health Screenings During Admittance for Labor and Delivery

What if I am Suspected to have COVID-19?

Munson Healthcare is taking precautions to keep everyone safe if you are suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19. Learn more about what to expect, including:

  • Where you will deliver
  • Why a temporary separation is recommended
  • How to keep your baby safe

Planning Ahead and More Information

Planning ahead really gives you and your family the opportunity to minimize risk. Here are some tips to consider as you form or update your birthing plan:

  • In this complex environment, consider who will care for pets and other children while you are delivering and recovering in the hospital.
  • We strongly encourage you to stay home in order to decrease your risk of contracting COVID-19 prior to your delivery.
  • If you are near term, please be in close contact with your provider, updating him/her on your health and any symptoms you may have. Together, you can make a plan and coordinate with your hospital when it’s time for labor and delivery.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Wash your hands. Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19. Click here for some great hand-washing tips.

Keep your distance. Give careful consideration to situations such as shopping or socializing that can increase your exposure to the virus. Remember to honor a six-foot or more distance with others (excluding those you live with). Learn more about the importance of social distancing.

Eat well. Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins. You can learn more about healthy habits at all stages of pregnancy from our friends at Healthy Futures.

Get rest. Rest is incredibly important throughout your pregnancy. However, you may find your sleep patterns more disturbed during your final trimester. Give yourself permission to rest or nap throughout the day when you feel fatigued.

More Tips on What to Expect When You are Expecting During COVID-19

Keep Your Newborn Safe

Once you begin taking care of your newborn, it is not necessary to place a mask on him/her. In fact, it could be dangerous to do so. Tips for keeping your baby safe:

  • Once you are back home, continue to stay home, where your baby is most safe.
  • Practice social distancing and limit visitors until it is safer to introduce your new little one
  • Keep your baby separated from any household members who are suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 positive. A household member(s) with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should stay confined to one room of the house so both you and the baby are not exposed.
  • Continue to practice frequent handwashing, cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow if possible, and wear a mask while handling your baby if you suspect you may have been exposed to the virus.

World Health Organization Recommendations

Learn more about what the World Health Organization recommends for expectant mothers during COVID-19.

Pregnancy and COVID-19