Coronavirus and Pregnancy
We understand this is a very difficult time for you during your pregnancy. To protect you and your baby changes have been implemented that will impact on your antenatal, labour and postnatal care. Your midwife will be in contact with you if there are any changes to your appointments.
Following updated guidance from Scottish Government on maternity visiting, NHS Tayside can confirm that from Monday, 13 July, visiting will be restarting as follows:
• Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor to accompany them to scans and antenatal appointments
• Pregnant women may identify one birth partner and one additional designated visitor to accompany them in labour
• Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor, in addition to their birth partner to visit them on the postnatal ward
• Patients should identify one person to be their designated visitor for the duration of their pregnancy journey and hospital stay
Rules for visiting:
• All hospital visitors must wear a face covering when accompanying a pregnant woman
• Please practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands before entering the hospital
• Do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
• Social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained as much as possible
• Children should not be brought to appointments or to visit at present
Visiting on the postnatal maternity ward will be from 9am to 6pm. Visitors may be asked to move to the ward day room or leave for a period of time if the midwife in charge of the shift assesses that there are too many visitors in one area.
Patients are asked not to arrive for scans or appointments more than five minutes before their allocated time to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms. If the waiting room is busy, people will be asked to return to the department at a given time.
As visitors can come along to appointments, women will no longer be able to take a short video clip at the end of their scan.
The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists - official guidelines to outline information for pregnant women and new mums surrounding the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)
UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative has released guidance on Coronavirus and Breastfeeding
NHS Inform Scotland - latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice