Please contact us if you have any concerns
If you're pregnant, you might be feeling anxious or confused by all the information and opinions out there about coronavirus (COVID-19) and wondering what it means for you and your pregnancy - please see the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) website: Dealing with anxiety over coronavirus.
We would like to remind pregnant women that we're here 24/7 if you have any concerns, questions or something doesn't feel right.
Please don't worry in silence. Discuss any concerns with your Midwife or Doctor
Pregnant women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are more likely than other women to be admitted to hospital for coronavirus. Please be reassured that you can contact your midwife at any time if you have any concerns.
Pregnant women over the age of 35, those who were overweight or obese, and those who have pre-existing medical problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, are also at higher risk of developing severe illness.
If you fall into either of these groups, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, no matter how minor your concern may be.
We have made a number of changes to our services to minimise the number of people visiting the hospital to help reduce the risk of infection among patients and staff.
We would like to reiterate that the evidence we have so far is that pregnant women are still no more likely to contract the infection than the general population. What we do know is that pregnancy, in a small proportion of women, can alter how your body handles severe viral infections. This is something that midwives and obstetricians have known for many years and are used to dealing with.
Our advice remains that if you feel your symptoms are worsening, or if you are not getting better, you should contact your maternity care team, NHS 111 or a local alternative straight away for further information and advice.
Thank you for your co-operation.