Pregnancy, Childbirth & Infant Feeding during COVID-19

Contact(s)

You may also be interested in our Parenting & COVID-19 page

For questions around pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding during COVID-19, call your health care provider or the Health Unit's Family Health Information Line at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5351.

Pregnancy

There is little known about COVID-19 regarding the risk to babies during pregnancy and during delivery. We do know that a woman’s immune system changes during pregnancy and they may be more susceptible to infections in general. Taking the usual precautions are very important for pregnant women. Learn how to  Protect Yourself from COVID-19.

Find out more:

Childbirth

There is currently no evidence of mother-to-child transmission through childbirth when the mother gets COVID-19 in the third trimester.

  • If you plan to give birth in a hospital or birth centre, connect with the agency to see what policies are currently in place (example: number of supports, length of hospital stay).
  • Talk to your health care provider to discuss your birth plan options.
  • If you plan to give birth at home, talk to your midwife if this is still an option and what precautions to take to ensure your home environment is safe.

Giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful. It is normal to feel sad, scared or confused. 

  • Before leaving the hospital, ensure you and your baby are ready to be discharged home.
  • Follow the advice of your health care provider regarding your discharge plan including a follow-up appointment with your baby’s health care provider.
  • A Public Health Nurse from the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program will be calling you once you are home to support you with your recovery, infant feeding and family adjustment.

Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website for more information on Childbirth and COVID-19

Breastfeeding 

Breastfeeding is recommended as it provides many health benefits and protection against illnesses throughout infancy and childhood.

The virus that causes COVID-19 has not been found in breast milk. It is unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through breast milk. If you have a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID 19, visit the Government of Canada’s website to find out more about precautions you can take while breastfeeding to avoid spreading the virus to your baby.  Here are a few precautions:

  • If possible, you and your baby should not leave home unless medically necessary.
  • If you are symptomatic (even if symptoms are mild) you should take all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to your baby:

For support with breastfeeding call your health care provider or the Health Unit’s Family Health Information Line at 1-800-563-2808  ext. 5351. 

Formula Feeding 

If you are using infant formula be sure to have at least a 14-day supply of formula and any supplies needed to sterilize the equipment. Here are tips on how to safely prepare and store formula for your baby.

Talk to your health care provider or the Health Unit’s Family Health Information Line at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5351 for more specific answers to your questions about infant formula and your baby.

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808