Last modified 10th July 2020
As a leading mother and baby charity, whose mission is to give every mum and baby the safest and most positive experience from pregnancy to birth, and the weeks following. We provide training to thousands of the NHS frontline staff, provide essential equipment, and carry out research to inform Government policy.
We’re here for you, as we know that whether this is your first time or your fifth that things seems quite uncertain at the moment. Pregnancy, birth, and the weeks following are also a really exciting time for you and your family, and we’re here to help you navigate your way through.
We’ve gathered our knowledge from the experts
We’ve collected recommendations from the leading experts and organisations to provide you with what you need to know in one place. Sources links can be found at the bottom of this page.
Here’s what’s recently changed
As we are still learning about this virus, things will change rapidly. We’ll keep you updated here.
- Guidance update: Advice for those shielding updated. More in ‘During Pregnancy‘. Added: 3rd July 2020.
- Guidance update: First postnatal appointment will now be in person. More in ‘After You Have Given Birth’. Added: 18th June 2020.
- Guidance update: All appointments advice now includes guidance on face coverings. More in ‘During Pregnancy‘. Added: 12th June 2020.
- Infographics update: ‘After You Have Given Birth’ infographic updated. (added: 5th June 2020) Download infographics.
- Guidance update: Guidance around seeing friends and family in ‘After You Have Given Birth‘ (added: 5th June 2020)
- Guidance update: Socially distanced guidance changed below. (added: 5th June 2020)
- Guidance update: More guidance added on birth partners. Full update in ‘Birth‘. (added: 4th June 2020)
- Guidance update: Sections added on induction and caesarean. Full update in ‘Birth‘. (added: 4th June 2020)
- Guidance update: Practical guidance for women with children in their household who may be returning to school. Full update in ‘During Pregnancy‘. (added: 22nd May 2020)
Protect Yourself and Your Household
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
- Stay at home where possible.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get back home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
What does the new guidance (4th July) mean for those in the “clinically vulnerable” category?
Advice from the government page:
- You can meet people outdoors and now also indoors.
- You should be especially careful and be diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.
Where We Got Our Knowledge
- The NHS.
- Royal College Guidance, consisting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, with input from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.
- Royal College of Anaesthetists guidance.
- Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives antenatal and postnatal guidance.
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Information for Patients Leaflet.
- UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative.
- The Society of Radiographers Guidance on Scanning during COVID-19
- NHS England: Parent information for newborn babies.
- NHS England: Illness in newborn babies.
Support For You
Maintaining Your Safety & Wellbeing
- Every Mind Matters – NHS Guidance & Advice.
- Maternal Mental Health Alliance. – Reassurance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- IAPT Services (England) – Accessing mental health support.
- Move with Mumma – Prenatal and postnatal fitness for women.
- Domestic abuse advice
- Domestic abuse helpline and support (24/7): 0808 2000 247
- Women’s Aid – COVID-19 Support and Advice.
- NCT: 0300 330 0700
If you are worried and feel that you need extra support from your maternity team, please let them know. They will be able to give you support.