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COVID-19 pregnancy and breastfeeding: What NPs need to know

Author(s): By Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
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NPWH is monitoring CDC recommendations regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) prevention and control. We especially encourage nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers who provide care for pregnant and postpartum women to regularly check the CDC website for updates.

The CDC’s Interim guidance is available for: Inpatient obstetric healthcare –https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/inpatient-obstetric-healthcare-guidance.html

CDC’s Guidance on Breastfeeding – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-guidance-breastfeeding.html

CDC’s Infection prevention and control in healthcare settings –
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fhcp%2Finfection-control.html

Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy are also available on the CDC website – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html

Early data on effects of COVID-19 in pregnant women

The World Health Organization said early studies suggest pregnant women may not be at a higher risk than the general population of severe symptoms from COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus. An analysis of data for 147 women found 8% had severe disease and 1% were in critical condition, with no evidence of transmission from mother to child. Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model).

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