Coronavirus update June 28
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, except the intake interview (because of the duration of this appointment). For the check 6 weeks after birth, we would like to give you the option to do it by phone or to come to the practice. If you are more comfortable with some other appointments also being done by phone, then please let us know.
If you have an appointment, we ask you the following:
-Partners are welcome during every appointments. At this moment we don't welcome siblings, other relatives or friends yet.
As a partner you 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 can limit the amount of people in the waiting room.
-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.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory within our health centers.
In our office, you can take the mask off during the conversation. During checks where it is not possible to keep a distance, we ask you to wear the mask. We will do the same.
Of course you are free to wear a mask during the entire appointment and you can always indicate if you would like us to do the same.
Have you been travelling to another country?
For a lot of countries a negative Covid-19 test is required before entering the Netherlands. On top of this you often have to self-quarantine. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for Covid-19. 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.
During hospital appointments your are being asked to come alone unless that is really impossible.
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. We didn't experience any capacity problems at the hospitals and it has always been safe for you to go there. 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.
Pregnant women are not more likely to get corona. Also, the consequences of corona in a healthy pregnant woman do not appear to be any different (for both child and mother) than the consequences of other respiratory infections, caused by other viruses that can cause fever and pneumonia.
Pregnant women do have a slightly increased chance of ending up in hospital or ICU.
Therefore, all pregnant women are advised to get vaccinated with an mRNA vaccin (BioNtech/Pfizer or Moderna) when they receive the invitation for 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 appears to 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. The advice on vaccination in pregnancy can be found on the website of the NVOG (in Dutch).
To help you with your choice about vaccination you can use this decision aid (in Dutch). You can find one in English on the website of the RCOG.
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.
We would like to thank you for your understanding and flexibility over the past year. The world is slowly moving in the right direction. We hope, just like you, to be able to release all precautions after the summer.
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.