Temporary Changes to the Maternity Service in response to Coronavirus - LGH

Pregnancy, Birth and Early Parenting banner image

Temporary Changes to the Maternity Service in response to Coronavirus - LGH

Pregnancy is a time of great joy and expectation for most women and their families. Following the declaration of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we understand that all pregnant women will be anxious about their own health and that of their unborn or newborn baby.

Your doctors, midwives and other health workers care about you and your baby. We understand that you will feel worried.

Some women are asking if it is safe to birth their baby in hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The safest place to birth your baby is in a hospital, where you have access to highly trained staff and emergency facilities, if they are required.

Maternity services have processes in place to prevent the spread of all infections, including COVID-19.

It is essential that you continue to have a high level of care throughout your pregnancy, during and after birth.

You will notice some changes in the way we deliver this care at this time.

Some changes that might be considered at the Launceston General Hospital include:

  • Reducing, postponing and/or increasing the interval between antenatal visits
  • Shortening the duration of antenatal visits
  • Using telehealth/telephone consultations as a replacement, or in addition, to routine visits
  • Antenatal classes conducted by videolink
  • Limiting visitors (partner only) while in hospital.
  • Earlier discharge from hospital than would otherwise be planned with increased support from extended midwifery service (EMS) at home

To assist the doctors and midwives in protecting both you and your baby you will be required to phone the birth suite 6777 8951 before to come to the hospital to labour or require assessment. Instructions will be given on how you enter the hospital.

What should I do if I test positive for coronavirus?

If you test positive for coronavirus you should contact the antenatal clinic on 1300 977 694 or Birth Suite on  6777 8951   to make them aware of your diagnosis. If you have no symptoms or mild symptoms you will be advised to recover at home. If you have more severe symptoms, you might need to be treated in a hospital setting.

Your doctors, midwives and other health workers will continue to support you and answer your questions.

To make sure you are getting the very best information: