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Pregnancy and COVID-19: Transmission

October 30, 2020


What we know now about delivering a baby in these times of COVID-19 are that it’s really important to weigh risk and benefit. So contacting the hospital where you plan to deliver, or even doing some research around which hospital you would like to deliver at, will give you a lot of information. Some of the things to consider are the risk of vertical transmission of COVID-19, meaning that an infected mother giving the infection to a baby in utero, it has happened, but it is thought to be rare. So if you are infected with COVID-19, it is absolutely essential that you talk to your doctor about the risk of transmission to your baby. And should you be positive for COVID-19 during your delivery? Things will probably go very well, but you need to be very, very prepared and you need to have yourself understanding what the hospital protocols are going to be.

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