COVID-19 BRIEFING with updated vaccine information (01/31/21)
On December 13th, 2020, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) released a practice advisory regarding the COVID vaccine in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Their recommendations are as follows:
For pregnant women: ""ACOG recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups."
For breastfeeding women: COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.
Please see the full ACOG recommendations here.
For an interesting discussion of the risks and benefits of the COVID vaccine in pregnancy, written by a pregnant maternal-fetal medicine doctor, please see this attachment.
And please plan to discuss further with your health care provider at your next appointment!
The WHCA physicians were thrilled to receive the vaccine during the first week at Sky Ridge!
Additional information for our OB patients:
If you have a positive COVID test during your pregnancy, please let us know. We ask that you do not come into our office for 10 days after a positive test. If there is an urgent need to see you, we will ask you to go to the hospital. When we are aware of a positive test, a physician from our office will call you and discuss any management needs with you directly. One of our phone room nurses, Susan or Heidi, will then be calling you 2-3 times a week for 2 weeks to check on your status. If there is a concern from one of the nurses, we will ask you to have a telehealth appointment to discuss next steps in your care.
The Labor and Delivery units are very safe. We have NOT had a large number of COVID patients at either of our hospitals on this unit, even recently. Neither hospital will keep any COVID patients on our special floor unless they are pregnant or postpartum, and in that case they are confined to a specific area away from the general population. If you do have a positive COVID test around the time of delivery, you will be considered infectious for 10 days. After the 10th day, you will be off COVID precautions as far as the hospital is concerned. The 10th day is counted from the day of symptoms OR if the test was done without symptoms, then from the date of the test. Even with a positive COVID test, you can still achieve a vaginal delivery and you can have your significant other with you (as long as they have no symptoms). Be aware we do NOT separate mom and baby any longer. The hospital staff will have more PPE precautions taken with COVID positive patients, you and your significant other will be restricted from walking the halls, you will be required to wear a simple mask and will be sequestered in your room, but you can all stay together.
The hospitals are asking that all patients and significant others, regardless of testing, wear a simple mask (does not have to be medical grade) when a staff member enters the room. When a mother is pushing, she does not have to wear a mask. The hospitals are still allowing ONE significant other in the hospital with a patient, we do not believe this will change. All hospitals are checking outpatient COVID tests for only those patients set up for scheduled inductions or cesarean sections. We are not testing all laboring patients, at this time, unless they meet the criteria to test. The hospitals are asking that significant others limit a trip in/out of the hospital to once a day.
The best way to reduce the chance of exposure to COVID is to wear your mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others. We ask you to limit exposure to non-masked individuals during your entire pregnancy. By being diligent about personal contact or by quarantining, you can reduce the risk of becoming infected. There are documented instances of transmission to fetuses, but this is thought to be very rare. There is also anecdotal evidence of increased risk of preterm delivery and growth restriction. Know that if you have COVID in your pregnancy (before 37 weeks), we will perform ultrasounds to ensure the healthy growth of your baby. We already usually perform an ultrasound at 36 weeks, so we do not need to repeat it again after this time.
We will be allowing ONE visitor for our OBSTETRICAL ULTRASOUND APPOINTMENTS ONLY. We are asking patients to NOT bring any visitors to routine obstetrical or gynecological appointments (this includes children).
For those patients who will be coming into the office, please read the following:
Please wear a mask when you come in for any appointment
We are limiting our waiting room to 8-10 people. If we see that the waiting room is getting too full, then we will ask you to wait in your car or outside the office and we will call you up when room is available for you.
We are checking temperatures on all patients that come into the office and if yours is elevated, we will ask you to reschedule.
For those patients that will be going to the hospitals for surgery, labor and delivery, or
postpartum care, know that ALL the hospitals are enacting mitigation techniques to reduce the
spread of this virus.
There will be only one or two entry sites at all hospitals, usually the main entrance and the Emergency Room.
Everyone will be screened upon entering the hospital for symptoms of the virus
Patients are only allowed to have one visitor, they will be screened upon entry into the
hospital as well.
Please click here to view a video addressing some FAQs about Labor & Delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. It features our very own Dr. Bubier!
In addition, you may reference the following websites for the most up to date information:
Thank you again for your understanding in this unprecedented time. Please know that we care
about each of you and we want to keep everyone safe who comes into the office and protect our staff as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at