During the COVID-19 outbreak it is really important that you still get the antenatal and postnatal midwifery care you need. This will help make sure you and your baby keep well during pregnancy and in the early days after they are born.
The midwifery team who will care for you during pregnancy and afterwards, are still here to look after you.
There may be some changes in the way services are delivered during the coronavirus outbreak. Your midwifery team will keep you up to date on this.
During your pregnancy, it is understandable that you may be experiencing concerns about how the coronavirus might affect you and your baby’s care. Please watch this short video from our midwives that we hope will make sure you have the confidence to contact your midwife or maternity unit whenever you need them, for whatever reason. Our midwives are still here for you.
What Can I Do?
If you have just found out you are pregnant you will need a booking appointment with your midwife.
During your pregnancy and after your baby is born if you have any worries about your own health or the health of your baby then it is still very important that you get medical advice.
You can contact your maternity unit using the contact details given at your booking appointment. Your midwife will be able to answer any questions you have throughout your pregnancy.
Pregnancy appointments are essential health care for the wellbeing of yourself and your baby.
Unless you are told otherwise (and as long as you have no COVID-19 symptoms) you should attend as planned.
You can keep up to date on local midwifery service plans by checking your local maternity unit’s social media pages.
What If I Have Covid-19 Symptoms?
If you have an appointment booked and you or someone you live with have any COVID-19 symptoms or you are self isolating you should phone your midwife. You should not attend. Your midwife will let you know what you should do next.
It is important that you follow their advice, there are specific plans in place to keep you and your baby as safe as possible.
If you go into labour and you or someone you live with has COVID -19 symptoms, or you are self isolating, you should contact delivery suite as usual and tell them this. They will tell you what to do next. You should not worry - the teams are prepared for this and will take good care of you.
If you are pregnant and have symptoms of COVID-19, let your midwife know. If at any point you feel like your symptoms are getting worse or you are struggling to breathe you must dial 111 or 999 if it is an emergency.
If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service which has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or difficulty with speech.
Screening Tests For You & Your Baby
This video shows which tests are available during pregnancy and after your baby has been born. Screening tests are always a choice. Find out which tests are right for you and your baby.
Subtitles are available in English, as well as Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali and Urdu. A British Sign Language version is also available.
If You Are Worried?
If you are worried about your baby's movements call your midwife or maternity unit straight away. You may feel your baby move as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, but most women usually feel something between 18 and 24 weeks.
If you have not felt your baby move by 24 weeks, tell your midwife. They'll check to see if your baby is ok.
Call your midwife straight away if:
They'll need to check your baby's movements and heartbeat.
Don't wait until the next day – call straight away, even if it's the middle of the night.
If you feel worried and want more advice you can speak to your midwife.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.
You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.
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