With any public health concern, we need to be prepared and informed about possible impacts coronavirus may have in our community. Stop the spread of germs and stay informed. For more information on the District Government’s preparations for potential impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov for the most up to date information & details.
Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the District’s COVID-19 needs hotline and web portal to streamline the ability for residents to access a variety of critical resources. Eligible residents can call 1-888-349-8323 or visit gethelp.dc.gov to have food and other essential items delivered to their homes if they have been directed by a medical provider to self-quarantine or have no other means to acquire these items.
For information on the ReOpen DC advisory group, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/reopendc.
Information to Know
Pregnant and worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)? While pregnancy does increase a woman’s health risks, it is important to arm yourself with facts and helpful information.
Given the newness of COVID-19, medical professionals are still evaluating the impact of the disease on pregnant women. However, we do know standard practices that can help you keep yourself healthy and safe:
- Social distancing and significantly limiting or avoiding large gatherings or crowds. This might mean finding innovative, virtual ways to celebrate this special time with family and friends.
- Washing your hands multiple times a day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used if soap and water are not available.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Staying well-hydrated and getting lots of rest. Drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest help to maintain the health of your immune system for you and your baby.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when feeling sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately discarding the tissue in the trash.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoiding all unnecessary travel.
Other information to know:
To date, the risk of a pregnant person passing along the infection to their fetus appears to be very low. Currently there is no evidence of any fetal malformations or effects due to maternal infection with COVID-19.
When it comes to breastfeeding, there is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread through breast milk. From what is currently known, coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets (coughing and sneezing). To stop the spread, mothers and anyone around the baby should wash their hands, following the recommendations listed above, and consider wearing a face mask to minimize infants’ exposure to the virus.
- DC Health’s Family Health Bureau
- DC Maternal Health Resource Website
- Community of Hope
- Mary's Center
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine:Statement on COVID-19
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: COVID-19
- Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs: Community Resources
- Better Beginnings: Studies on COVID-19 & Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
- Black Women's Health Imperative: Surviving COVID-19
- Center for American Progress: Community-Based Doulas and Midwives & the Coronavirus Epidemic
- Every Mother Counts: COVID-19 & Maternal Health
- Georgetown University School of Nursing: How Is the Pandemic Changing Perinatal Health Care?
- March of Dimes: Birth Plans (English) (Spanish)
- March of Dimes: What You Need to Know About Its Impact on Moms and Babies
- Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine: COVID-19
- US Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19 FAQs
- World Health Organization: Q&A on COVID-19, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding
- World Health Organization: Infographics on Pregnancy and COVID-19