Sadly, the number of corona cases is rising in the Netherlands. We understand that as an expectant mother you will have many questions and we try to answer a few of them on this page. Most importantly: we will continue to provide maternity care!
To make sure that our maternity nurses are able to work safely and don’t spread the coronavirus, we are in daily contact with hospitals, midwives, RIVM and our own brancheorganization. Kraamzorg Het Groene Kruis follows the guidelines issued by the RIVM. We will not allow maternity nurses with corona symptoms to work.
For your own safety and the safety of our maternity nurses, we have taken the following measures:
A few tips for now and your maternity period:
Frequently asked questions Corona and Maternity Care
What do I have to do if I have corona symptoms?
If you suspect that you are infected by the coronavirus, contact your general practitioner or the GGD. They can advise you what to do.
I’m pregnant and want to register for maternity care. Is that possible?
Of course it is possible to register. You can call us (050 366 6422) or visit our website.
Can I still give birth at home if I have the coronavirus?
For an answer to this question it is best to contact your midwife.
Can I still come to the hospital ‘safely’?
Martini Ziekenhuis, ‘Ommelander Ziekenhuis en het UMCG jointly state the following: Are you concerned about your own health or the health of your baby? Then it is very important that you contact your midwife or gynecologist. Your midwife or gynecologist may advise you to go to the hospital for a check-up. You don’t have to worry about that. The employees do everything to make sure the hospital as safe as possible. Measures have been taken. These measures are intended to provide safe care to anyone who needs it. The delivery rooms, maternity ward and outpatient clinic have not changed and function normally. Hospitals also want to provide the best possible care for you and your baby during this corona period. This is only possible if you entrust your concerns to them and come to the hospital if necessary.
Do I still get maternity care and is it safe to receive a maternity nurse at my home?
We will continue to provide maternity care! To make sure that our maternity nurses are able to work safely and don’t spread the virus, we are in daily contact with hospitals, midwives, RIVM and our own brancheorganization. Kraamzorg Het Groene Kruis follows the guidelines issued by the RIVM. We will not allow maternity nurses with corona symptoms to work.
Can I receive maternity visitors in my home?
Branch organisation “Bo Geboortezorg” says there is no longer a maximum for the number of visitors during the maternity period. The advice for the maternity visit at home remains: be careful with regard to the number of visitors during the maternity week if the maternity nurse is present. For the safety of the newborn, the family, but also for the maternity nurse. Preferably, the maternity visit is welcome when the maternity nurse is not present. Conditions for maternity visits are:
-Keeping a distance of 1.5 meters should be possible.
-Visitors with corona related symptoms are not allowed to visit.
-The maternity nurses and the agreements you make during the maternity week are taken into account.
When does the midwife come to visit?
In consultation with you and the maternity nurse, the midwife will visit your home once during the maternity period. If necessary, the midwife will come more often.
Can I still breastfeed?
Breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way to feed your baby. Breast milk contains everything a baby needs, including protective substances. At this moment it isn’t clear if corona can be transferred to the baby through breastfeeding. We do know that immune substances are being transferred from mother to child by breastfeeding. Mothers that are exposed to a virus develop antibodies and give this to their babies through breast milk. Therefore it is important to keep breastfeeding. After all if the baby doesn’t receive breast milk anymore, he/she doesn’t receive the antibodies as well. With a contamination, good hygiene is very important. If you yourself are infected as a mother, it is a good precaution to wear a facemask during feeding.
On this page of the Unicef website you can read more about breastfeeding and a corona infection.
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