Our hearts are with all the pregnant mamas out there right now, and we’re here to support you in three ways.
1. We’ve reduced the price of The Mama Natural Birth Course
We want to help you keep stress levels low, especially financial stress, so we’re offering our #1 bestselling childbirth education course at a special discount during this trying time. The course is self-paced, online, and inherently “social distancing-friendly.” It’s also a great way to connect virtually with other mamas. Click for more info.
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2. We crafted two expert interviews for you
One on pregnancy and COVID-19, the other on babies and the virus, both featuring experts on the topic, and both completely FREE.
Pregnancy in the time of COVID-19
In this free video training, Genevieve and midwife Maura Winkler covers topics like:
- What should I be doing differently now?
- How can I best take care of myself and baby?
- Should I still give birth at a hospital?
- What if I want to change my birth location?
- What if baby or I contract COVID-19?
- Can I breastfeed if I have COVID-19?
Click here to watch this free 30-minute training.
Pregnancy in the time of COVID-19 presentation
Coronavirus & Babies: Interview with Dr. Elisa Song
In this free video training, Genevieve and pediatrician Dr. Elisa Song cover topics like:
- What steps can I take now during pregnancy to stay safer?
- Would delivering at a birth center or doing a home birth be safer?
- I’ve had my baby, I think that I have COVID-19, what should I do?
- How dangerous is Coronavirus for babies?
- Should I continue to nurse baby if I have Coronavirus?
- How should I behave differently with my newborn now in the time of coronavirus?
- Is there anything else I can do to keep my baby and myself safe?
Click here to watch this free 40-minute training.
Coronavirus and Babies-Dr Elisa Song Interview
3. Curated list of resources
We’ve collected and summarized best-in-class resources on COVID-19 during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
You’ll find those summaries below.
Wishing you and your family peace and protection.
Pregnant in a pandemic: how will coronavirus affect me and my baby?
The Guardian, March 25
- Snapshot: Coronavirus is changing the pregnancy journey for many, with virtual checkups replacing traditional appointments for some, while canceled birthing and breastfeeding classes are leading to unease for others.
- Key quote: “We comfort each other by echoing a refrain that feels like a well-worn talisman: women have been doing this for thousands of years, through war and plague, starvation and social upheaval. And in a moment devoid of any answers, trusting in that is a feat quite a lot like pregnancy itself: marching, however blindly, toward something beyond ourselves.”
Redesigning Prenatal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Michigan Health Lab, March 25
- Snapshot: Doctors are evolving patient care to meet prenatal needs during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Key Quote: “We have three key recommendations for patients receiving routine prenatal care: Limit clinic visits to those that require in-person services (like ultrasounds and lab tests); encourage virtual visits for care that can be done remotely; provide support to pregnant women creatively,” says Michigan Medicine obstetrician, gynecologist and researcher Alex Peahl, M.D.
Some Pregnant Women in New York City Will Have to Deliver Babies Alone
New York Times, March 24
- Snapshot: Some women in NYC will apparently have to deliver on their own.
- Key quote: “I have not stopped crying,” said an expectant mother who learned that her husband could not be with her when she gives birth.
Mother-to-be doesn’t let pandemic stop baby shower, makes it virtual
WNEM TV5, March 23
- Snapshot: One family made the most of the COVID-19 situation by hosting a virtual baby shower, letting love bridge the gap caused by social distancing.
- Key quote: Determined to celebrate the welcoming out their first child Brianna’s mother-in-law, Wendy Fresorgers, had an idea. “Basically, set up the event on Facebook and do a Facebook live,” Briana said. That’s right! A virtual baby shower. Allowing everyone to practice social distancing and still celebrate a new addition to the family
Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
World Health Organization, March 18
- Snapshot: The WHO has compiled a list of answers surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum life in the time of COVID-19, including ways to prevent infection, research about transmission to babies, and how infected mothers can still achieve a positive birth and bonding experience.
- Key quote: “Research is currently underway to understand the impacts of COVID 19 infection on pregnant women. Data are limited, but at present there is no evidence that they are at higher risk of severe illness than the general population.”
Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?
Harvard Health Publishing, March 16
- Snapshot: Studies have shown that while COVID-19 is new and relatively unknown, pregnant moms should not panic about the virus harming their unborn child. Moms-to-be should follow CDC guidelines to prevent infection, however, as they are more susceptible to respiratory illness than others.
- Key quote: “There does not appear to be any increased risk of miscarriage or other complications such as fetal malformations for pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on data from other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that pregnant women who get COVID-19 may have a higher risk for some complications, such as preterm birth, but the data are extremely limited and the infection may not be the direct cause of preterm birth.”
Coronavirus In Chicago: How Moms Are Navigating Childbirth and Newborns During A Pandemic
CBS Chicago, March 26
- Snapshot: With everyday life altered for the foreseeable future, pregnant moms are facing a constantly changing landscape of childbirth.
- Key quote: “Being pregnant and having a newborn at home after delivery can be a very heightened time of anxiety and fear. During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, it’s even scarier. There can be more anxiety and more depression or confusion, and it is totally normal to feel this way. If you are feeling this way, please reach out,” Dr. Simon says.
“The babies keep coming”: What the coronavirus pandemic means for people giving birth
Vox, March 25
- Snapshot: Pandemic or not, babies will come, so delivering moms and care providers are adapting with virtual doulas, masked breastfeeding, and more.
- Key quote: Hospitals, doctors, doulas, and others are stepping in to make sure pregnant people and new parents have as much support as possible. But as Heather put it, for people giving birth during this time of worldwide crisis, “there’s just still a lot of unknowns.”
Pregnant women are opting for home births as hospitals prepare for coronavirus
Washington Post, March 20
- Snapshot: With COVID-19 saddling hospitals with an influx of patients, more moms-to-be are seeking out midwives for home births.
- Key quote: “As pregnant women across the country wrestle with anxieties about the potential impact of the pandemic, midwifery practices are reporting a significant uptick in requests for alternatives to deliveries in hospitals.”
Coronavirus in Minnesota: Doulas, Expecting Moms Prepare For Virtual Support
CBS Minnesota, March 20
- Snapshot: Hospitals are restricting access for delivery room attendants as the virus spreads, leading some doulas to get creative and provide support virtually.
- Key quote: “She has to FaceTime not only with WCCO, but also with her clients — even possibly through their births. “My goal is these clients know they will be just as supported as if I was there physically,” Chargo said.”
COVID-19 Is Upending Parents’ Birth Plans
The Atlantic, March 19
- Snapshot: As hospitals fill with infected patients and social distancing separates loved ones, parents-to-be are forced to be flexible with their birth plans.
- Key quote: “But what if my nanny or my best friends get [the virus]? Who, then, comes to watch our son? Does my husband stay at home and I go to the hospital by myself?” For now, she’s accepted that the plan could shift any day. “Every couple days, we’ll have to just be like, ‘Okay, these people are all still healthy. This is plan A, this is plan B,’” she said.
What it’s like to have a baby during the coronavirus pandemic
Vox, March 18
- Snapshot: A pregnant mother discusses her experiences in a world ravaged by COVID-19 and why she opted for induction at 40 weeks.
- Key quote: “In the past few days, we’ve never talked more to friends and family. Among all the surprises of the pandemic, this closeness and neighborliness — at a time we’re supposed to be isolated from each other — is the feeling I’ll bring to the maternity ward tonight.”
POSTPARTUM / NEWBORNS
Experts answer 5 common questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy
Today.com, March 26
- Snapshot: Experts are weighing in on caring for new mothers in the times COVID-19, including how infected mothers receive treatment and how postpartum care may be impacted.
- Key quote: Maternity and newborn units are generally “separate from the activities of the rest of the hospital, so all the work that’s being done with non-obstetric, COVID cases usually doesn’t cross over with maternity care,” Pettker explained.
Professional Tips to Nab Better Newborn Photos
Graceful Designs Photography, March 24
- Snapshot: Visitor restrictions have new parents scrambling without their photographer, but this pro has a few quick tips about lighting and staging that will lead to quality newborn photos using your smartphone or camera.
- Key quote: “For all of you mamas that are unable to have a photographer at your birth or fresh 48, here are some tips for you to take decent photos on your phone or with your own camera!”
Cautious optimism for infants born to mothers with COVID-19: Latest data
ABC News, March 17
- Snapshot: While coronavirus can infect babies, the real danger may be that the child can transfer the virus to older, more at-risk relatives.
- Key quote: “Babies may have mild or no symptoms, making them silent carriers of the virus able to infect vulnerable close contacts. Adult caregivers should take precautions, washing hands frequently, sterilizing toys, and disinfecting household items. Infants may not lead much of a social life, but should be practicing social distancing along with the rest of society.”
Study looks at babies born to moms with COVID-19 as maternity wards take precautions
Today.com, March 16
- Snapshot: There is little research surrounding the transmission of COVID-19 from mom to baby, though small studies out of China have showed no evidence of viral transmission.
- Key quote: “U.S. public health officials still don’t have a definitive answer as to whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding, or if the disease poses a risk to the fetus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”