Best Practices for Expecting and New Parents During COVID-19

There is a heightened level of concern from expecting and new parents during the Coronavirus pandemic. In this guide, Dr. Corey Fish, pediatrician and the Chief Medical Officer of Brave Care shares accurate, offers actionable information.

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  • Talk to your obstetrician and find out if there are appointments that can be safely postponed or skipped. Always listen to your doctor.
  • Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Exercise most days of the week. Always defer to your obstetrician’s advice if this is okay for you, specifically.
  • Eat well. The more colors on your plate at mealtime, the better.
  • Clean your living space often, and use gloves for added protection.
  1. If the pregnant person’s partner feels ill, call your obstetrician. You may also consider
  2. quarantine for ill partners in another part of your home. I understand this isn’t an option for everyone, so default to your obstetrician’s advice.
  3. Continue practicing the same cleanliness and hygiene guidelines listed above.
  1. If there are restrictions, consider asking if the delivery can be recorded so you can share the moment with your partner or loved ones.
  2. Give your new baby plenty of love and care. Even if the process doesn’t go as ideally as you’d hoped, there’s a lifetime of memories waiting to be made.

Caring for a newborn comes with a million questions and concerns — this pandemic is multiplying them, and that’s okay.

No one (especially new parents) should ever feel bad about asking their doctor questions. Here are some common ones:

  1. Keep ill siblings away from the baby. It might be helpful to explain to other little ones that babies can’t fight off colds and everyone needs to keep the baby safe.
  2. If you need to separate a sick sibling from your newborn, consider ways the older sibling can feel involved. Maybe they can draw pictures to be hung in the baby’s room or area. Or perhaps they can write letters to each other (this one will require your help).

Bringing a baby into the world is stressful no matter what, just like all big life changes are. We’re living in a time of heightened discomfort and uncertainty, but you’re not in this alone.

Communication, plus extra planning and care, can help ease anxiety and minimize risk for you and your baby. Pediatricians are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of our patients however we can. At Brave Care, we’re keeping our clinic open, we have new protocols for entering and exiting our space, and we’re now providing virtual care for our patients across the country. You can learn more about that here. Ask questions, follow appropriate guidelines, and stay safe. Your care providers are here for you.

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