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Information for Pregnant Women

Information for pregnant women

Sydney Local Health District is taking steps to protect our staff, our patients and our community against any potential transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Canterbury Maternity is making some changes to our services to ensure pregnant women, their families and our staff stay as safe as possible at this time.

We recognise this is a difficult time for many in our community, and we are working hard to ensure our patients continue to receive high quality healthcare while also reducing the potential transmission of COVID-19.

The birth of your baby is a joyous time and Canterbury Maternity Unit will continue to support you and your family during your pregnancy and birth.

Antenatal Care
To book in to have your baby at Canterbury Hospital please call 9787 0250 or 9787 0560.

To reduce the number of hospital visits during your pregnancy, a new pathway for providing your pregnancy care has been developed in consultation with GPs, midwives and obstetricians.

Some antenatal visits may be done using telephone or video conferencing rather than face-to-face.

If we need to see you at the hospital we will aim to make your visit as short as possible. We ask that you attend appointments alone and you don’t bring children with you – this is to reduce any risks to your family.

Currently, all staff, patients and visitors are being screened before entering the hospital to ensure they are well.

If you need to attend hospital but do not have an appointment, please call ahead to the Birthing Unit on 9787 0555 or 9787 0554.

Childbirth and Parenting programs

Our face to face Childbirth and Parenting programs, are being held two Saturdays per month. Childbirth and Parenting education programs cover pregnancy, labour, postnatal and breastfeeding. Please fill in the Childbirth and Parenting Booking Form above and we will email details of classes on offer at Canterbury Hospital.

We invite expectant parents to view our Canterbury Maternity virtual tour in advance of their birth at Canterbury Hospital. Please see link below. The virtual tour is also available in the following languages: Arabic, Bangla, Cantonese, Mandarin, Rohingya and Vietnamese

Video-Tour of Canterbury Birth Unit



We are hosting online The Zoom classes will allow for questions and interaction and cost will vary depending on the course you wish to attend and time of day.

Birth

To date, the vast majority of pregnant women coming to Canterbury have not been exposed to COVID-19 and their labour is managed in the normal way.

As always, if you start having contractions and think you are in labour, please call the Birthing Unit on 9787 0555 or 9787 0554. The midwife will discuss your symptoms and give you advice on whether you should attend hospital.

When you arrive at hospital, please go to the main entrance Level 3, Thorncraft Parade, Campsie. At the entrance, there is a screening station where staff will check for risk of COVID-19. You will then be directed towards the Birthing Unit.

Postnatal

Most women stay in hospital for 4-24 hours after a normal birth or 48-72 hours after a caesarean section. We are working with women and their families to try and reduce the length of stay in hospital after birth. We would be grateful if you could make any arrangements necessary to support your return home.

The postnatal and other maternity wards will be closed to all visitors except your nominated partner or support person in order to continue to keep women, babies and staff safe.

The SLHD offers breastfeeding support

Risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy

The data available suggests that most women who have a COVID-19 infection during pregnancy will have a relatively mild respiratory infection and that the virus will not affect the pregnancy.

As is the case in the rest of the young adult population, there is a small risk of developing a severe respiratory infection such as pneumonia. If you are confirmed to have COVID-19 during your pregnancy, please call and inform your midwife or healthcare provider to ensure your health is monitored.

The data available to date shows there is very little impact of COVID-19 on your baby, although there are some reported cases where the baby has not grown so well or where the amount of fluid (amniotic fluid) surrounding the baby is reduced. We may arrange an extra ultrasound scan to check for this.

There is some evidence that newborn babies who contract COVID-19 can have problems fighting the infection. If we suspect you have COVID-19 when you are admitted in labour, we will discuss the best way to care for you and your baby after birth to manage the risk of COVID-19. We may suggest that you are separated from your baby for a short period of time.

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 in the community is to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, stay home, and if you have to leave home for essential reasons, practice social distancing and stay at least 1.5 metres from others.

To reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 close to the expected birth of your baby, you may consider further reducing your social interaction and self-isolate in your own home where possible from 36 weeks gestation.

More information

Our team is here to support you.

Read our Frequently asked questions for expectant parents

See our Parent Education resource library