CORONA And Visit to Midwife: What Can You Expect?

CORONA And Visit to Midwife: What Can You Expect?

CORONA And Visit to Midwife: What Can You Expect?
The whole country is taking measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. A visit to your midwife will also be different than usual due to the coronavirus. What changes can you expect?

  • To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, midwives adapt their way of working.
  • Appointments are made by telephone as much as possible, your partner cannot come to the practice and fun ultrasounds are canceled.
  • Go to the practice as short as possible in advance if you have an appointment and call your appointment if you have (mild) complaints.

What is the 'new' coronavirus?

The corona virus is a virus that occurs in different variants. The virus that is currently spreading causes a flu-like illness. This is called COVID-19. The symptoms are very similar to those of a 'normal' flu .

Coronavirus and visit to midwife

COVID-19 often goes mildly, but it makes some people very sick. To prevent contamination as much as possible, midwives also take various measures.

Shortly before your appointment, your midwife will call you to ask if you have (mild) health problems. If this is the case, the appointment will be rescheduled. In addition, you can expect the following changes:
  • Appointments are made by telephone as much as possible
  • Discussing an appointment is done by telephone
  • Some checks are canceled
  • Checks are spread as much as possible, so that it is quieter in the waiting room
  • The midwife does not shake hands when you enter
  • When you arrive you will be asked to wash your hands
  • There are no magazines in the waiting room and you cannot drink coffee or tea

It is important to remember that you can continue to count on professional care. Your midwife remains as accessible as before. So do not hesitate to contact us if you have complaints about your pregnancy .

Which agreements do go through?

In principle, all checks take place via the normal schedule. The table shows whether this is done in practice or by telephone. The continuation of checks and ultrasounds may differ per practice. If necessary, contact your practice by telephone for more information.

Check How?
Intake by phone
In between: answering questions As much as possible by phone
Medically necessary ultrasound (for example term ultrasound ) Practical visit
8 weeks Vitality ultrasound (if there is an indication for this, such as blood loss or abdominal pain)
Combination test and NIPT (also without medical indication) Practical visit
16 weeks Practical visit
20 weeks Practical visit, 20-week ultrasound
Counseling (conversation about prenatal testing / 20-week ultrasound) By telephone, preferably with your partner there via speaker
24 weeks Cancelled
27 weeks Practical visit
31 weeks Practical visit
33 weeks Cancelled
35 weeks Practical visit
36 weeks Cancelled
37 weeks Practical visit
38 weeks Cancelled
39 weeks Practical visit
40 weeks Practical visit
41 weeks Control (if you initiated will be at 42 weeks, the control in the hospital). Frequently ultrasound to check amniotic fluid amount
Check-up by phone

During the check-ups in practice, the midwife performs an external examination and checks your blood pressure and weight. If there is reason to do so, she will draw blood and perform a growth ultrasound. 

These actions are necessary to see if you and your baby are doing well during your pregnancy. If necessary, a follow-up call takes place by telephone. Do you have extensive questions? Then ask them by phone, so that the appointment lasts as short as possible.

Which agreements do NOT go through?

To reduce the number of contact moments, only medically necessary appointments continue. This means that fun ultrasounds , a sex determination ultrasound, walk-in consultation hours and information evenings are canceled. This measure applies in any case until April 6.

Do you still want to receive the information that you normally hear on an information evening? Please contact the practice.

The assistant can send you the presentation digitally, so that you don't miss any important information.

Infected with the corona virus and visit to an obstetrician

Are you infected with COVID-19 and are you home isolation? In that case, contact your midwife. You can then discuss how and when your appointment can go ahead.

If possible, the midwife will come to your home with protective clothing and aids. Under no circumstances should you go to the practice yourself if you are infected.

Can my partner or child come to the control?

No, you cannot take your partner, child or other interested person to the check-up. This measure is important. It ensures that the coronavirus has the least chance to spread during the visit to the midwife.

When to contact in case of complaints?

Contact your doctor by phone if you get a fever higher than 38 ° C. Also contact us if you have a fever and have respiratory complaints. In addition, it is good to call your doctor or the GGD if you get complaints and you have had contact with an infected person in the past two weeks.

Tips when visiting an obstetrician during the corona outbreak

The tips below can help you now that the coronavirus requires adjustments during the visit to your midwife.
  • Do not take a seat in the waiting room too early. Try to be present just before the start of your appointment so that you don't have to sit in the waiting room for long. This prevents many people from being present at the same time.
  • Write down any questions. Do you have a telephone appointment with your midwife? Then write down your questions so that you don't forget anything. Also keep a pen and paper handy to take notes during the conversation.
  • Call the appointment if you have complaints. Do you have (mild) complaints, such as a cold, sore throat or cough? Then call the appointment, stay inside and avoid social contacts until you are free of complaints for at least 24 hours. Even if someone in your family has a fever, the appointment must be rescheduled.
  • Ask if your partner can be at the appointment via video calling. It may be quite a disappointment that your partner may not be present at the appointments and ultrasounds. Ask if you can make video calls so that your partner can still watch and listen.

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