Currently there is a coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) pandemic in the Netherlands. That means that many people have the same virus in a short time. The national organization of midwives (KNOV) has issued an advice for obstetric care. Every midwifery practice in our region is going to follow this advice at least until at least March 31. In this letter we will inform you about this advice. Every day the situation is reevaluated and things can change. Therefore, the advice around the coronavirus is updated every day. Please also check our website and social media so that you stay informed about the latest developments.
- If you have an appointment one of the following weeks, then you will receive a phone call from the midwife in the days prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Between 16-27 weeks of pregnancy, any check-ups are not medically necessary and are not being done, unless of course there is a medical reason to do so.
- Check-ups that are being done, we try to keep as short as possible. This means that we will only check your blood pressure and the growth and the heartbeat of the baby.
- Any questions we will answer by phone.
- We ask you to come to your appointment alone and that you don’t bring your partner or siblings. For the time being, the 10-12 week ultrasound is an exception. If your partner has no complaints he/she is also welcome. All (medical) ultrasound appointments will continue.
- The walk-in hours to listen to the heartbeat of the baby are cancelled.
- The choice for a delivery at home or in the hospital, in case of no medical indication for the delivery, remains. We can discuss the location of the delivery with you again, also regarding the occupation of the hospital beds and the workload of the hospital staff.
- When you are in labor, for the time being only one person can accompany you to the hospital. There are no other persons allowed, not in the hallway or anywhere else in the hospital.
- It is not allowed to have people visiting you in the hospital right after birth.
- If you have to stay in the hospital longer, then the rules of the hospital apply.
- The check-ups in the first week after birth will be done by phone as much as possible. Of course we will visit you if medically necessary.
- The same advice applies to pregnant women as to non-pregnant women. So keep an eye on the news and follow the general guidelines of the RIVM (www.rivm.nl also in English).
- Do you have a cold, are you coughing, do you have a fever and do you have an appointment? Tell us when we call you prior to the appointment. This way we can see what is the best thing to do in your situation.
- Of course you can still reach us 24/7 and we will always see you if medically necessary.
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. This way we will keep focus on the quality of care and will do everything to guide you through this very special period in life. We thank you for your understanding.
With kind regards,
Team de Breedstraat