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Frequently Asked Questions

We have a few frequently asked questions that we wanted to share. We hope you find them helpful. Please know that these are for educational purposes, only, and do not replace any medical advice that you receive from your healthcare provider.

What are the current COVID-19 visitor restrictions? 

Hartford Healthcare allows one designated support person during your entire maternity stay. You will both be screened for symptoms for COVID-19 when you arrive.

Your support person will be told to go home if they screen positive for any COVID-19 symptoms or develop any COVID-19 symptoms during mom’s hospital stay.

Our care team will ensure you and your baby have individualized support and attentive care.  Please understand that our restrictions may change at any time for the health and well-being of our patients and healthcare staff.

I am planning on using a doula, is the doula considered a visitor?

A doula is considered a visitor.  We encourage you to reach out to your doula and develop an alternate plan that works for you if you have already designated another support person.

What do I do about my scheduled prenatal appointments?

Please call your OB provider’s office and make a plan for your upcoming visits.

How can I protect myself?

The CDC recommends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds before eating, after going to the bathroom, after touching your face, coughing, or sneezing – or use hand sanitizer than contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Keep at least six feet of distance between you and other people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often

Am I more likely to become infected with COVID-19?

While the data is limited, the evidence from China suggests that pregnant women do not have a greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19.

Can I pass COVID-19 to my unborn baby?

We are monitoring the latest research from around the world. Hartford HealthCare will ensure that you and your baby are cared for using the latest recommendations from the CDC.

What do I do if I have a cough, fever (100.4 or higher), or shortness of breath?

If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider:  You may be instructed to stay home and self-isolate.  Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, you may be advised to go to a drive-up testing facility or go to the hospital.

What if I have suspected COVID-19 and also have pregnancy-related concerns?

Please contact your obstetrician provider if you are experiencing contractions, fluid or blood leaking from your vagina, a decrease in your baby’s movement, or any unusual symptoms.

What can I expect will happen if I have COVID-19 and give birth?

You and your baby’s safety is our number one priority. Your caregivers will be limited and will wear protective health equipment including mask, gown, gloves, and eye protection. You may be asked to wear a mask during your stay.

Can I transmit COVID-19 through breastfeeding?

It does not appear that COVID-19 is transmitted through breast milk.  However, having your baby skin-to-skin and directly on your breast does put your baby at risk.  It is recommended that a healthy caregiver feeds baby your breast milk using a feeding method that will protect your baby and your milk supply.

If my baby needs care at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), who is allowed to visit my baby?

Two parents/legal guardians/designated adults may be in the hospital with one visiting at the bedside and the other remaining in the visitor lounge. NICU Sleep Rooms will be open 8 pm – 8 am for one parent/legal guardian/designated adult. The most current NICU visitor restrictions are here.

I am considered an essential employee, should I stop working because of the COVID-19 outbreak and my pregnancy?  

Please speak with your direct supervisor as well as your OB provider about your particular situation. Follow all precaution guidelines when caring for someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Online Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Children
Parents by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Hartford HealthCare Facebook Online Breastfeeding Support Group
Tips and advice on breastfeeding from the people who know it best: other breastfeeding moms. Supported by the lactation consultants of Hartford HealthCare.

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