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WIRF is one of Australia's leading organisations that is dedicated to improving the health of women and infants.

COVID-19 and pregnancy

Vijay-Roach-2018re.jpgPregnancy is usually a time of great joy and expectation for women and their families. Following the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic, we understand that all pregnant women will feel anxious about their own health, and that of their unborn, or newborn, baby. 

While pregnant women may be considered a vulnerable or at-risk group they do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop Covid-19 infection than the general population. The large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms. 

For women who are trying to conceive, or who are in early pregnancy, there is no increased risk of miscarriage with Covid-19. The virus can pass to the baby but there isn’t evidence of harm. The rates of premature labour are not increased, so the overall message is to expect your baby to be well, and on time.

The safest place to birth your baby is in a hospital, aiming for a positive birth experience. Skin to skin contact, rooming in and breastfeeding are all ok.

Remain aware of the importance of your emotional health in pregnancy, and the risk of domestic violence and substance abuse. 

Your doctors and midwives care about you and your baby. We understand that you will feel worried. Rest, eat well and maintain your interests and hobbies. Your baby has the best protection it will ever have i.e. you, so caring for yourself, your emotional and physical health, is what is most important. 

In a world that feels upside down, we want pregnancy, birth and parenting to be a happy time for mothers, fathers and their families. We wish you every happiness during your pregnancy and with the arrival of your baby.

Dr Vijay Roach 
President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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