- Posted by: Diana Pando
Dear HealthConnect One Community,
We want to connect with all of our community-based doulas, CHW’s and partner organizations to make sure you stay safe during this difficult time.
HealthConnect One is monitoring and following the recommendations of U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and Prevention and the Chicago Public Health Department. We will update this page as needed with resources and responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
First, please take care of yourself and others! To prevent spread of COVID-19, the HealthConnect One team are working remotely, not traveling and practicing social distancing. Please contact HealthConnect One staff using our individual cell phones or email.
Here are maternal health recommendations from the World Health Organization:
“Infected mothers who are breastfeeding or practicing skin-to-skin should wear a medical mask, perform careful hand hygiene, and clean and disinfect all surfaces. Infected mothers should still be provided with breastfeeding support. If complications prevent the infected parent from breastfeeding, they should be encouraged and supported to express milk for the infant for someone else to feed to the baby or to maintain milk supply. There should be no promotion of breastmilk substitutes (formula) or pacifiers.”
“Mothers and infants should be enabled to remain together and practice skin-to-skin contact, kangaroo mother care and to remain together and to practice rooming-in throughout the day and night, especially immediately after birth during establishment of breastfeeding, whether they or their infants have suspected, probable, or confirmed COVID-19.”The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has also released the following statement regarding doulas and COVID-19:
“We support doulas as partners in care and acknowledge their ability to provide physical, emotional, and partner support to women. AWHONN opposes hospital policies that restrict the presence of a doula in the inpatient setting during an infectious disease outbreak.”
Below are resource links to organization providing updates and recommendations that might during this difficult time:
For birth workers
- Association of Maternal Child Health Programs (AMCHP) MCH Resources
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention– Children and Covid-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Pregnancy and Covid-19
- Chicago Department of Public Health
- DONA COVID-19 Toolkit
- March of Dimes – Moms and Babies COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund
- National Association of Community Health Workers Resources for CHWs
- National Perinatal Association
- World Health Organization
- United States Breastfeeding Committee
For human service agencies/nonprofits
- Atlantic – Giving Birth During A Pandemic
- ProPublica – What Coronavirus Means Pregnancy
- Chicago Tribune – Chicago Area Woman Shares Concerns Over Coronavirus
- NPR – Pregnant and Worried About Coronavirus? How to Stay Safe
- Forbes – Pregnancy in the Time of Coronavirus – What you need to know and ask
If you have additional resources for individuals and organizations supporting moms and their families please email email@example.com. These resources and responses are being collected on our website at http://www.healthconnectone.org/covid-19.
Lastly, if you or a loved one is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call ahead before visiting your doctor. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
HealthConnect One Staff