Professional Bodies’ Response to Government Coronavirus Advise for Pregnant Women

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG), The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and The Royal College of Pediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) are working together to provide reassurance to pregnant women and those who care for them.

Having been at work yesterday – the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the Government’s latest measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, suggesting all pregnant women reduce/avoid social contact, and that anyone pregnant be classed in the ‘high risk’ category, it is clear that it has caused confusion and huge levels of anxiety amongst the women and families we care for.

The three Royal Colleges have come together to release the following information to help reassure pregnant women, and all those who care for and support women and babies throughout their pregnancy, birth and childhood. I have put together a summary of this information and included a link to their latest statement to try and disseminate the most up to date information on the situation.

Pregnant women who can work from home should do so (If you can’t or have a public facing role, appropriate measures should be taken to modify appropriately to minimise exposure).

“There is currently no evidence to suggest that pregnant women are at greater risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) than other healthy individuals, or that they can pass the infection to their baby while pregnant. Yesterday’s [16/03/20] announcement is purely a precautionary measure, to reduce the theoretical risk to the baby’s growth and a risk of preterm birth should the mother become unwell”

Edward Morris, President, RCOG

We understand this must be an unsettling time for pregnant women, but we would like to emphasise that attending antenatal and postnatal care when you are pregnant and have a new baby is essential to ensure the wellbeing of pregnant women and their babies, and we would urge all pregnant women who are well to attend their care as normal. If you are pregnant and have symptoms of possible coronavirus, you should call to defer routine appointments until after the isolation period is over

Gill Walton, CEO, RCM

We know that this is a difficult time for many people, not least worried parents. While guidance for pregnant women has been updated, it remains the same for new mums and babies. We don’t want to see the mother and baby separated, even when the mother tests positive for coronavirus. Similarly, our advise is that it is fine to breastfeed – and potential risks are outweighed by the benefits.

Proff, Russell Viner, President, RCPCH

*Please remember that advice, information and guidance is changing all the time. I will add and update the latest information as it comes.

If you are concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the NHS website for more information. If you have signs or symptoms of the virus (new continuous cough [for more than 4 hours], and/OR high temperature) please self isolate at home. DO NOT GO TO THE GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL. You DO NOT need to contact the 111 service to inform them you are self isolating.

Use the 111 service if you feel you cannot manage your symptoms at home, your conditions worsens, or you do not get better within 7 days.

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