March 18, 2020
Independent Midwives UK: COVID 19 Statement
At this unprecedented time of pandemic response, IMUK has offered our expert support to the Government and NHS services. IMUK has now received a letter from NHS England and the Chief Midwifery Officer, thanking us for our offer of support. At this time though, it is to be left to local HOMs and DOMs to decide if they need Independent Midwifery support and how best to utilise us. Our experience and knowledge we feel is best utilised in the community and supporting those pregnant people who feel they can not go to hospital. These are the already planned homebirths which have been removed or those now feeling that hospital is not a safe place to be. Women must contact their local Heads of Midwifery and Directors of Midwifery and tell them, what support you need. Independent Midwives CAN support these homebirths, but it is the responsibility of local areas to get this up and running. This will only happen if there is a need.
IMUK has to be mindful, that we still have our own clients to support and keep safe.
There are two main sites where information can be sought for advice are as follows:
https://www.rcog.org.uk/coronavirus-pregnancy – guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.
https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/ – Guidance for pregnant people.
WHO’s guidance notes that “there is no evidence that pregnant women present with different signs or symptoms or are at higher risk of severe illness. So far, there is no evidence on mother-to-child transmission when infection manifests in the third trimester.”
Yet “considering asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 may be possible in pregnant or recently pregnant women, as with the general population, all women with epidemiologic history of contact should be carefully monitored,” the guidance says.
Also, “pregnant women with suspected, probable, or confirmed COVID-19, including women who may need to spend time in isolation, should have access” to appropriate care” and all recently pregnant women with COVID-19 or who have recovered from COVID-19 should be provided with information and counselling on safe infant feeding” as well as ways to prevent transmission of the virus, the guidance says.
At this unprecedented time of pandemic response, IMUK has offered our expert support to the Government and NHS services. IMUK has now received a letter from NHS England and the Chief Midwifery Officer, thanking us for our offer of support. At this time though, it is to be left to local HOMs and DOMs to […]