What To Expect When You’re Expecting During COVID-19

The birth of your child normally is a time for celebrating your new arrival with family and friends. During this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, however, you likely have questions or concerns about how the virus might affect your baby, your health, and your hospital delivery experience.

To help put your mind at ease, our maternity specialists address some of your most pressing issues. We want you to have all the facts you need as you prepare for the birth of your baby and your infant’s care. For more information, be sure to talk with your health care provider.

Before Your Baby Arrives

Learn about childbirth education, hospital tours, and other changes to help you prepare for your newborn.

Your Baby’s Birth

Your safety and the safety of your baby is our top priority. Learn what precautions are in place once you arrive at the hospital.

Childbirth Support From Those You Love

While in the hospital, you want support from family and friends while also staying safe. Read our visitation/support person policy for maternity during COVID-19.

Protect Yourself And Your Baby

To protect yourself and your baby, you should follow the same precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19) that are recommended for everyone:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • While sick, stay home. Do not come to work or travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash immediately. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Get more helpful information on pregnancy and breastfeeding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Changes In Maternity Services

At Premier Health hospitals, all on-site maternity center tours are currently suspended. You can take a virtual tour of our maternity centers. Please call (937) 208-BABY (2229)(937) 208-BABY (2229) for information on available childbirth education options, including online classes.

Bella Baby photography and maternal massage also are suspended. Lactation visits are available on a limited basis. We encourage you to make a telephone appointment, if possible, with our lactation consultants.

Guidelines For Support Persons And Visitors

To protect all of our patients and staff, our hospitals are following the guidelines for visitors established by the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association. They continue to evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic. Check our current visitor restrictions.

Answers And Insights For a Pandemic Pregnancy

While everything else in our world is changing, you can’t reschedule having your baby. Our maternity specialists offer insights to help you know what to expect during this unusual time — and how to care for yourself and your baby.

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