Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Pregnant Women and New Moms Now Available from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently released new guidance for pregnant women/birthing persons and new moms related to preventing and addressing novel coronavirus/COVID-19. Although the guidance makes clear that there is still much to be learned about infection with novel coronavirus and pregnancy, it does provide information on what is known so far. In fact, it states that most pregnant women who have become sick during pregnancy have gone on to have babies that don't show signs of harm.

The guidance also goes on to discuss special concerns for pregnant women to keep in mind, how to minimize risk, what a pregnant woman should do if she becomes ill or she has a baby while ill. Breastfeeding tips and information is also provided, along she can do to support her mental health and overall well-being, such as asking for and obtaining assistance.

Finally, an information help line is provided for those seeking more information, are in need of support, or just someone to talk to.

The full guidance can be viewed here.