COVID-19 Critical Updates

Our priority is the health and safety of expectant mothers and babies.

In light of the recent developments regarding COVID-19, we have a strong obligation to take extra precautionary measures to help maintain the health of our community. Our number one priority is prevention and preserving the health of our expecting moms and newborns. 

We will otherwise continue to serve our clientele without interruption. We will maintain the exceptional level of care, cleanliness, and sterility that we do on a daily basis. We are grateful for the community we serve and thank you for continuing to trust in our providers, clinic and birth center.

 

We ask clients to report to our staff immediately if they have the following symptoms:

 

If you are experiencing a fever of 100.4 F or greater and/or:

 

  • cough

  • shortness of breath

  • gastrointestinal symptoms 

 

Please contact our clinic call phone at 956-373-0749 at  PRIOR to coming in for your scheduled appointment. 

 

Commonly asked questions regarding COVID 19:

 

1. How is the virus spread?

 

By coming in contact or inhaling respiratory droplets that are spread when a person coughs or sneezes.

Close contact (within 6 feet) of an infected individual.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html

 

2. How might COVID 19 affect my pregnancy?

 

At this time, little information regarding the effects on COVID 19 on pregnancy is known.  

 

However, women in their pregnancy are considered an “at-risk” population, due to severe complications that arise from other respiratory infections.  

 

Poor outcomes associated with COVID 19  in pregnancy include preterm delivery; However, this is based on limited information.  

 

It remains unclear whether or not COVID-19 can cross through the placenta to the fetus.  Published information up to date has not shown any positive results for infants born to mothers who have tested positive prior to delivery.  

 

https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2020/03/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

3. How might COVID 19 affect breastfeeding?

 

Again, much remains unknown about COVID 19.  Although there has been no virus detected in the breast milk, it remains unclear whether or not a mother who has tested positive for COVID 19 can transmit the virus to her newborn.  

 

Infants born to mothers who have tested positive, may be separated, more so due to concerns for transmission by close contact.  

 

The decision to initiate or continue breastfeeding in a mother who has tested positive, should be made in collaboration with the mother, the family, and the primary health care provider.  

 

If expressing milk, diligent hand hygiene and sterilization of pump parts should be practiced routinely. 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html

 

 

As more information becomes available or updated, Holy Family Services will update our polices and protocols as is recommended. Should you have any questions or concerns, we ask that you call our office at 956-969-2538.

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