Becoming a parent during a pandemic

A new brochure gives parents-to-be an overview of COVID-19 and other health-related issues surrounding pregnancy and childbirth

Becoming a parent during a pandemic

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Being pregnant and becoming a parent is one of the most exciting and extraordinary life events, but can also come with unknowns and a whole lot of questions. Parents-to-be may be nervous or have concerns, especially within the context of giving birth and becoming a parent during a pandemic and the impact of COVID-19 on mother and baby’s health. A new brochure aims to support future parents so that they may enjoy a safe, healthy, and happy pregnancy.

The Guide to Pregnancy and Baby’s Arrival During the COVID-19 Pandemic was developed by CHU Sainte-Justine, in collaboration with CHU de Québec–Université Laval, CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the McGill University Health Centre.

Prenatal care, birth, and breastfeeding

The guide — which is available in French and English — provides an overview of the COVID-19 situation and is a reference for pregnant women, their partners, and families. It answers answers often-asked questions about pregnancy and COVID-19, and covers how to best protect mothers in public, at work, during childbirth, and at home.

There are guidelines on support during labour as well as what to do if you are pregnant and COVID-positive, or have someone living with you who tests positive. Other topics covered include breastfeeding, the postnatal period, follow-ups, the “baby blues” and postpartum depression, and important self-care.

“Having a baby during the pandemic is a difficult experience and we, at the MUHC, hope to support all our patients during this otherwise beautiful journey for parents and babies. The obstetric team at the MUHC is fully committed to provide the best care during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Karen Wou, Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at the MUHC and one of the contributing authors explained in an MUHC press release.

Also included are resources for support during and after pregnancy, as well as contact information for Montreal’s mother-child hospitals and local government agencies.

The guide is designed to be informative while citing the current scientific information in a user-friendly and easy-to-understand manner.

To download the French or English guide, visit https://www.chusj.org/fr/soins-services/C/COVID-19/devenir-parent