Last modified 22nd May 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: Practical guidance for women with children in their household who may be returning to school. Full update in ‘During Pregnancy‘. (added: 22nd May 2020)
- Information update: risk factors based on first UK data about effects of COVID-19 in pregnancy. Full update in ‘During Pregnancy’. (added: 19th May 2020).
- Guidance update: Scan Appointments – short clip recommendation by the Society of Radiographers. Full update in ‘During Pregnancy‘ (added: 6th 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 is “socially distancing”?
Advice from the government page:
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
- Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
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.