FAQ corona

FAQ COVID-19 (coronavirus)

We understand that you have a lot of questions about the coronavirus. We try to keep you informed and updated as much as we can. On this page, you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Am I infected with the coronavirus?
You can find out if further testing for the COVID-19 virus is needed through the website of the RIVM. When in doubt, contact your general practitioner. Do notvisit your GP unannounced, always contact them by phone first.

Are the consequences of COVID-19 infection more severe for pregnant women?
Based on the limited data available, pregnant women are not more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus than others. How pregnancy interacts with the course of the infection is still unknown. We do know that pregnancy can increase the probability of lung problems in other viral infections.

Is an unborn baby at risk for infection with COVID-19 during pregnancy or delivery?
So far, no indications have been found of direct transmission of the COVID-19 virus to the unborn baby during pregnancy or delivery (vertical transmission). The virus has never been detected in amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, breastmilk or in the throat of newborns. However, regular transmission of the virus after birth (horizontal ‘human-to-human’ transmission) is possible. 

Can COVID-19 result in a miscarriage?
Based on the limited data available, there is no increased risk of miscarriage or loss of pregnancy in women infected with the COVID-19 virus. The chances of preterm birth might increase slightly, although it is unclear if this correlation is caused by spontaneous preterm birth or by induced labor on medical grounds.

I have been infected with the COVID-19 virus and am currently in self-isolation. What does this mean for my appointment with the midwife or gynecologist?
Of course you will still get your check-ups, but not in our practice. Contact us by telephone. We will decide who will handle your check-up, and where that will take place. 

I have been infected with COVID-19, is home delivery still an option for me?
Based on the limited data available, we advise a hospital delivery with fetal surveillance (cardiotocography, CTG) in case of an active infection. If more than 14 days passed since the infection, this recommendation no longer applies.

Am I allowed to breastfeed while being infected with COVID-19?
There is no evidence for a negative effect of COVID-19 infection on breastfeeding. The COVID-19 virus has never been detected in breastmilk. We do strongly recommend wearing a face mask while breastfeeding and giving extra consideration to hygiene (thoroughly wash hands before touching the baby or breasts, only use your own breast pump or clean the bottle or breast pump extremely well after use). Given the possibility of infecting the baby by being in close proximity, asking a non-infected person to feed your baby with pumped breastmilk or formula might also be considered.

I am cured of a COVID-19 infection, should I be monitored by a gynecologist during the remainder of my pregnancy?
Because a past infection with COVID-19 is not a medical indication, monitoring by a gynecologist is not necessary, but we will recommend scheduling fetal growth scans. 

What measures does the Witsenkade practice take?

Based on the advice of RIVMand KNOV, we took the following measures:

  • We canceled all our live information seminars up until April 2020. You can still sign up, we’ll send you all the digital information you need.
  • To prevent infection risks, we don’t shake hands anymore. And we kindly ask you to arrive only shortly before your appointment, to prevent unnecessary contacts in the waiting room.
  • From now on, the check-ups at our practice will be less frequent, and will only contain blood pressure and abdominal palpitation. To discuss all your questions and concerns, we’ll make a phone appointment with you. We kindly ask you to come by yourself if you visit us (so please don’t bring children, partner or parents, etc).
  • The hospitals now have strict visiting rules. That means that during labour, you can only bring one extra person (so either you partner or your mother, etc). Family members are not allowed to wait in the waiting room or corridor.
  • We will try to do the postnatal check-ups over the phone as much as possible. But if (medically) necessary, we will still visit you at home, of course.
  • Women with symptoms of a cold, a fever of running nose are not allowed in the practice. They should call us, to make a plan.