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Birth in the time of COVID-19 - podcast

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Listen to Dianne Zalitis, midwife and Clinical Lead at Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, talk to Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt about being pregnant and having your baby during COVID-19.

Key points

  • Your antenatal care should continue. Speak to your doctor, midwife or hospital to find out if there is anything you need to know before you go for your checkup.
  • Pregnant women are missing the face-to-face connections they would normally have during antenatal birthing classes.
  • As restrictions on gatherings start to ease, it will get better.
  • Stick to your birth plan. If you planned to give birth in hospital or birthing centre, it is still the safest places for you to have your baby.
  • Many parents are being sent home early from the hospital, so feel like they are missing out on those important lessons you learn from the midwives in the hospital.
  • You might be feeling isolated and not sure what to do, but you can do it and there are plenty of places available to provide support and advice.
  • If you choose to do so, continue to breastfeed, just remember to practice good hand and cough hygiene.
  • Maternity hospital are still functioning with plenty of staff and extra safeguards to keep you and your baby safe.

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Feed Play Love

Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt in an Australian parenting podcast that brings together expert advice and real-life stories from parents. Feed Play Love presents short, helpful segments focusing on supporting parents and providing useful information and advice.

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Last reviewed: May 2020


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