Coronavirus update December 19 2021
Dear client and partner,
The national organization of midwives (KNOV) has issued strict regulations for obstetric care during the corona crisis. Every midwifery practice in the Netherlands is bound to these regulations.
After every new advice from the government the situation is reevaluated and things can change. So please check our website (news) and social media (Facebook: Midwifery Practice Eindhoven), so that you stay informed about the latest developments.
You can find general advice on the corona virus on the website of the RIVM.
All appointments are done face to face. If you are more comfortable with certain appointments being done by phone, then please let us know.
Because of the increasing corona infections and hospital admissions, we have to take extra measures within our practice.
That is why we ask clients who have an appointment, the following:
-Partners are welcome during every appointment. At this moment we ask you not to bring any siblings or other relatives unless necessary. As a partner try to respect the 1,5 meter distance to us.
-Don't come to the appointment too early, maximum 5 minutes in advance. This way we limit the amount of people in the waiting room (which we share with other health care providers) to a minimum.
-Desinfect or wash your hands when you enter the health center.
-Do you have a cold, are you coughing, do you have a fever or sudden loss of taste and smell, then give us a call so that we can see together if your appointment can be postponed. Also have yourself tested at the GGD.
Within our health center, wearing a mask is mandatory.
Have you been travelling to another country?
Do the travel check on the website of the Rijksoverheid. Take these regulations into account with scheduling your appointments.
It is possible to make an appointment for the placement of an IUD.
Blood withdrawal at Diagnostiek voor U can only be done by appointment (online or by phone 040-2141149) and only at certain locations.
Check the websites of the hospitals for their rules regarding scheduled appointments (Maxima Medical Center - Catharina Hospital).
Because we need to focus on our medical care, we won't make any appointments for fun ultrasounds at the moment.
The choice for a delivery at home or in the hospital was there the whole time. It has always been safe to visit the hospitals. Furthermore, partners were always welcome during the delivery.
Whether a second companion, in addition to the partner, may be present during the delivery depends on the policy of the hospital concerned.
If you have to stay in the hospital longer after birth, then the rules of the hospital apply regarding visitors.
Do you or your partner have a cold, are you coughing, do you have a fever or sudden loss of taste and smell at the moment the delivery starts? Please tell us in time so we can take our precautions.
We are doing the necessary postpartum visits.
Receiving visitors during the postpartum period during the time the maternity assistant is in your house depends on the policy of the maternity care organization.
The heel prick (blood test) and hearing test of your child will be done as usual.
Do you or your partner have a cold, are you coughing, do you have a fever or sudden loss of taste in the first week after birth? Please tell us and your maternity care organization.
The chance of becoming very ill during your pregnancy due to corona is small. Out of 100 pregnant women with corona, 4 have to go to an intensive care unit. 3 of these 4 women need intensive ventilation. The chance that a pregnant woman will have to go to an ICU is 3 times higher as that of a woman of the same age who is not pregnant.
A pregnant woman with corona has a slightly higher chance of having a premature birth. This is probably because some women give birth earlier by cesarean section or induction. This is because corona can be treated better after birth.
Babies of pregnant women who have or have had corona are admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit more often than other babies. This is probably because these babies are more likely to be born prematurely. These babies are not more likely to die.
We do not yet know what the effect of corona during pregnancy is on the child later in life.
The urgent advice, as a pregnant woman, is to get vaccinated against corona and to also get a booster vaccination.
There is currently no evidence that these corona vaccinations are harmful to pregnancy.
We also know that newborns are better protected against certain infectious diseases if their mothers have been vaccinated during pregnancy. This also seems be the case for the corona vaccination.
When you are breastfeeding, there is no problem to be vaccinated.
Are you trying to conceive? After the vaccinations you don't have to wait to get pregnant.
You can find more information about the vaccination for covid-19 on the website of the RIVM. To help you with your choice about vaccination you can use this decision aid.
All midwifery practices in our region are doing their very best to keep the chance of contamination and spreading of the virus as small as possible. We have agreed to help each other in case midwives get sick.
Of course, as always, you can reach us 24/7. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions and worries. We will always see you or visit you if necessary.