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Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 Information

Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 General Guideline
 

On behalf of the Maternal Newborn Committee (M-NC) for the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health and the M-NC COVID-19 Task Force, we are excited to share the newly released Maternal Neonatal COVID-19 General Guideline

The Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 General Guideline provides direction on key areas including:

  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by Providers and Patients during Labour & Delivery
  • Supporting People for Pregnant Patients during a Labour & Delivery Admission
  • Mother-Baby Dyad Care for Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Mothers
  • Care of Babies born to Suspected and Confirmed COVID-19 Mothers
  • Infant Testing
  • And much more

We hope these tools will assist our fellow colleagues and front-line workers across the province. This work began when PCMCH was tasked by the Ministry of Health to provide support to our Maternal-Neonatal providers across the province. Recognizing that during the perinatal period individuals and their families have a high degree of interaction with multiple providers in the health care system. There is a need for care during these life stages is time sensitive and cannot be delayed during this pandemic response. We hope that these guidelines provide some clarity and recommendations regarding practice changes related to maternal-neonatal care regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 General Guideline: Family Friendly Resources
If you are a service provider working with families who will give birth in Ontario during COVID-19, you can share these resources with families by going to the Health Nexus Website under the COVID-19 Section, where you can find new resources and key messages for families, as well as adapted Best Start Resources to support expecting families during these challenging times.

 

The following resources include:

  • Support persons during labour and delivery
  • Care for mother-baby dyad
  • Care for babies in NICU
  • Newborn feeding practices

 

All of these resources are available in PDF and in French. Organizations may also format these files to include their own logo.

After the release of our Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 General Guideline, Health Nexus and PCMCH banded together, with the help of many others, to create resources for families either having or planning to have a baby during the pandemic. These resources are meant to help share key messages from our guideline that are relevant to families wanting to have reliable information to support their birthing decisions. We would like to thank everyone involved in the creation of these resources, and for helping families navigate their care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 Pregnancy Care Guideline
On behalf of the Maternal Newborn Committee (M-NC) for the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health and the M-NC COVID-19 Task Force, we are excited to share the second COVID-19 guiding document for the maternal-neonatal population, the COVID-19 Pregnancy Care Guideline!

The Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 Pregnancy Care Guideline provides direction on key areas including:

  • Care of Pregnant Population During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Involvement of Support People
    • Termination of Pregnancy
    • Birth Planning and Counseling
  • Care of the COVID-19 Suspected or Positive Person;
  • Care Environment Considerations;
    • Use of Virtual Care
    • Rural and Remote Considerations
    • Care in Home
  • And much more!

This work was inspired by the first guideline that we had released that was mainly focused on intrapartum care. It was recognized that pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period are critical life stages when individuals and their families have a high degree of interaction with multiple providers in the health care system. The need for care during these life stages is time sensitive and cannot be delayed during the pandemic response. Efforts to reduce the number of interactions between care providers and pregnant/ postpartum individuals and their families can be adjusted during a pandemic, however essential elements of care must be maintained.

Our aim is to provide a comprehensive guiding document to support our fellow colleagues and front-line workers across the province and to provide clarity on practice changes related to the pregnancy journey during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the guideline acknowledges the differences of care and access to care that certain populations have experienced in this new health environment. Efforts were made to include their perspectives and lived experiences, and created additional recommendations to promote a decolonized, equitable and inclusive approach to greater beneficent care during this time.

Download PDF:  COVID-19 Pregnancy Care Guideline

 

Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 Pregnancy Guideline Webinar: Low Risk Pregnancies
Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 Pregnancy Guideline Webinar: High Risk Pregnancies
January COVID-19 in Pregnancy Update
To supplement information in the PCMCH COVID-19 General Guideline and COVID-19 Pregnancy Care Guideline, we have released an update on (1) COVID-19 positive pregnant people and their increased risk in pregnancy; and (2) the right for individuals who are pregnant and breastfeeding to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

To view the January 6th, 2021 update please click here.

Recommendations to Address Gaps in Prenatal Care System Report from the COVID-19 Prenatal Care Task Force
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page
The Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health would like to support individuals who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or those who plan to be pregnant learn more about their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. To help patients and health care providers in the decision making process please see resources available here.
COVID-19 in the Third Wave and the Maternal-Neonatal Population: PCMCH Webinar Series
The Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH) is hosting a series of webinars to support Maternal-Neonatal care providers during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more please visit the webpage here.