Pregnancy & Birth

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted our lives in many ways, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for safe, high-quality care for moms and babies. 

OSF HealthCare is committed to making new and expecting mothers and their babies feel safe and supported while in our care. 

We are providing answers to some frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, your provider will be best equipped to address your concerns and help you decide what is best for you and your family. 

What precautions are in place to keep me and my baby safe?

At OSF, safety is always our top priority. During the current pandemic, we have made many changes to our hospitals and medical offices to keep our patients, their families and Mission Partners as safe as possible. 
Our increased safety precautions include:

  • Arranging waiting rooms to allow for physical distancing
  • Changing our visitor guidelines
  • Requiring face masks in all OSF facilities
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting
  • Screening all patients, visitors and Mission Partners, and separating those who may be contagious from others
  • Using digital tools , such as online screening and video visits, to allow for easy access to care with minimal risk

Do I still need to come in for my prenatal appointments?

Yes, our offices are open and our providers are ready to safely give you the care you need before and after delivering your baby. 

Please be aware that all OSF facilities are still enforcing increased safety measures. Please plan to bring a personal mask or face covering with you to your appointment. We continue to limit visitors to our facilities under most circumstances. Check with your provider’s office before your appointment to ask what they recommend. 

Patients and visitors can expect to be screened for a fever and other symptoms. They will also be asked to bring a personal mask or face covering. 

How many visitors can I have?

For your safety during this time, visitors are limited. You should plan to designate one support person to stay with you before, during and after delivery.

We recognize the important role your loved ones play during this important time in your life. While we may not be able to welcome all of your family and close friends in our facility, we want to help you feel as connected to them as possible. Talk with your care team to discuss options to digitally connecting with friends and family. 

Will I be tested for COVID-19 before delivering my baby?

Not all mothers will be tested for COVID-19 during their care, but some will be. If you have a scheduled Caesarean section (C-section), your provider might recommend that you get tested before your scheduled delivery date. 

Whether or not you are tested for COVID-19 will be decided by your provider and on a case-by-case basis. Talk with your provider if you have questions, or if you are concerned you might have been infected with novel coronavirus.

If you are tested for COVID-19, here’s what you can expect  .

What if I have COVID-19?

If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, your care team will explain the most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC and how we will protect you and your baby.

Anyone with a suspected or confirmed infection will be kept in isolation, which means you might be in a different area of the hospital and kept separate from other patients.

Will my newborn be tested for COVID-19?

Most babies will not require COVID-19 testing. 

How should I protect myself while I’m pregnant?

The guidance for pregnant women to prevent infection is the same as the guidance for others.

  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • Launder clothing and masks regularly.