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What happens when I go into labour?

  • Skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding should start at birth.
  • Women who may have or have COVID-19 can have normal labour and there is no need for a special type of delivery such as caesarean section.
  • All women arriving at a facility in labour will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you maybe have, or definitely have COVID-19, you will be looked after in a separated area and the health workers will wear protective clothing. You will be asked to wear a mask to prevent infection from spreading to other patients or health workers.
  • If you do not have COVID-19, you will be looked after in the normal delivery area with other patients.

Although birth companions are very supportive to women in labour, some facilities may not allow them to be with you during this time of the COVID19 pandemic. This is to prevent the virus spreading from people without symptoms to other patients, newborn babies or health care workers. You will need to ask your facility what their policy is. If you can, try to connect with your support person over the phone as much as possible, while you’re in labour.

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