Maternity Visit and The Coronavirus: Is It Wise?

Maternity Visit and The Coronavirus: Is It Wise?

Maternity Visit and The Coronavirus: Is It Wise?

The 'new' coronavirus is spreading in the Netherlands. To prevent spread, it is good to limit social contact. When is it better to avoid maternity visits now that there is corona? And what do you have to take into account if a maternity visit continues?

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  • Avoiding social contacts is important to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is therefore preferable to postpone maternity visits.
  • Maternity visits are not permitted if maternity care is available. Many maternity care organizations also do not allow visits outside of these hours. So postpone your visit until after the maternity week and preferably until after the outbreak.
  • Only allow maternity visits if everyone is healthy, nobody is in the risk group and nobody has (possibly) had contact with infected persons.
  • Ensure good hygiene: wash your hands often, keep your distance, do not shake hands and clean your house well.

What is the 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 much like an 'ordinary' flu. Often the disease is mild, but it can make some people very sick. That is why it is good to prevent contamination as much as possible.

Is maternity visit wise now that corona rules?

When a baby is born in your area, you probably prefer to go to a maternity visit as soon as possible .

And as new parents, you would like to introduce family and friends to your baby during the maternity period .

Now that the coronavirus is spreading, it is better to wait with that. To prevent spreading, the advice is to avoid social contact as much as possible.

When you invite visitors, this can be a maximum of three people. Would you like to continue the maternity visit (in consultation)? In any case, keep the tips at the bottom of this article in mind.

Do any of the following apply to you or your guests? Postpone the maternity visit to prevent contamination.

  • You suffer from (mild) health complaints. Do you have a cold, a cough, a sore throat or an elevated temperature? Then avoid social contacts as much as possible. Do not receive visitors or go out the door.
  • You have been in contact with an infected person. Chances are you are infected with the coronavirus. Therefore do not seek social contacts and do not go to maternity visits.
  • You have been in an area where the virus is prevalent. The areas where the virus spreads most are Italy, Austria, North Rhine Westphalia (Germany), Madrid (Spain), China, South Korea and Iran. If you have been in one of these areas or countries, it is better not to invite a visit or to attend a maternity visit.
  • You belong to a risk group. Some people are more likely to become seriously ill from the coronavirus. These are people over 70 years old and people with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, a reduced resistance or an HIV infection. Do you fall into this group? Then it is better to avoid social contacts as much as possible.

NOTE: Is there maternity care available at home? Then receiving maternity visits is not allowed, due to the health of the maternity nurse and the other maternity families where she comes.

Is there a visitor present? In that case, the maternity nurse cannot decide to provide maternity care. Many maternity care organizations also do not allow visits in the evenings. So postpone it until after the maternity week.

Is maternity visit in the hospital allowed?

Normally, you can also receive a maternity visit in the hospital after your delivery . With the coronavirus spreading, maternity visits to the hospital are not allowed.

Only you and your partner are allowed to be with your baby in the maternity ward. Maternity visits will therefore have to be postponed until your baby is at home.

Can children join a maternity visit?

Children play a small role in the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the virus usually causes few complaints with them. Does your child have no complaints that could indicate COVID-19 (for example a fever, cough or runny nose)? Then you can take it with you.

Is the new coronavirus dangerous for a newborn baby?

A newborn baby can become infected with COVID-19 through physical contact. The disease causes the same symptoms in children as in adults. Until now, the disease appears to be milder in children. They usually get little to no complaints from the virus.

Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are not common among babies and children. This mainly occurs in the elderly who already have health problems.

Are you pregnant and do you become infected with the coronavirus? A small study shows that this could potentially cause health problems for your unborn baby.

However, more research is needed to be able to say with certainty that there is a link between these health problems and the coronavirus.

Tips for maternity visits during the coronavirus outbreak

Do both you and the maternity visit not suffer from (mild) complaints, have you not been in a risk area and have you had no contact with an infected person? Then the chance of infection is small, especially if you follow the following tips:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow fold
  • Use tissue paper and throw it away immediately
  • Clean the house before and after the visit (think of doorknobs, faucets, toilet, seat railings and doorbell)
  • Invite up to three people
  • Postpone a visit if one of the families has a person with a fever
  • Do not shake hands
  • Keep an arm's length apart

TIP: Consult with each other whether a visit is sensible now that the corona virus is prevalent in the Netherlands.

Want to make sure you don't spread or catch the virus? Then postpone the maternity visit. Video calling and a window visit instead of a maternity visit are possibilities to see each other.

Last update March 31, 2020
We try to keep the information on this page as current as possible. We do this by regularly checking the information from, among others, the RIVM, the CDC and gynecological guidelines for new information regarding the coronavirus and pregnancy and babies.

However, it is possible that we sometimes lag behind their information.

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