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Coronavirus advice and guidance for pregnant and postnatal women

Page updated 11 January 2021

Our maternity teams in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are working hard to keep services as normal as possible for pregnant women in their care, while ensuring their safety and also the safety of staff. The last thing we want is hospital infection rates rising, putting vulnerable people – and the staff who care for them – at risk. To keep everyone safe some services are having to reduce the number of people coming into maternity departments, meaning visiting times may be shorter or partners attend scans digitally. All women will be supported to have at least one partner with them during labour, birth and for the period immediately after the birth, except in an extremely limited number of circumstances. Any changes to partners accompanying will be reviewed regularly by the maternity staff. 

We understand the frustration and anxiety and this is not the experience wanted for our families – but our services are there for you and remain open, not only for appointments and scans but also if there are any concerns about the pregnancy or the baby’s movements.

Information for pregnant women and their families from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Poster from the Royal College of Midwives about keeping everyone safe when visiting maternity.

All the latest information for pregnant and postnatal women including appointments, attending the hospital and infant feeding is on this page.

Available in English, Latvian, Russian, Polish, Tamil and Romanian.

Links to documents you might find useful

Coronavirus: Parent information for newborn babies

Coronavirus: Planning your birth

Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy 

Illness in newborn babies 

Guidance for women on home visits

Parent information for newborns – translated versions 

Guidance for women who are pregnant and due to deliver soon and who have confirmed or suspected coronavirus/COVID-19 showing symptoms outlined 
  • If you are in early labour you should call the maternity unit for advice. 
  • If your intended birth partner has symptoms, or has been in contact with a confirmed case, they will not be able to visit in any area of the maternity unit.
  • If you have mild coronavirus/ COVID-19 symptoms you should remain at home in early labour as per standard practice but call the maternity unit first for advice.
  • You should come to the hospital in private transport (your own car or someone else giving you a lift) where possible or call 111/999 for advice as appropriate. If an ambulance is required, the call handler should be informed that you are currently in self-isolation for possible coronavirus/COVID-19. 
  • You should alert a member of maternity staff that you have arrived at the hospital, remain in your car and phone the labour ward for instructions before you enter the hospital. You can do this by phoning the labour ward.


Guidance for women who are pregnant for antenatal appointments 
  • If you have no symptoms of coronavirus please attend your antenatal appointments as usual unless you are contacted directly by your community midwife.
  • Please contact your community midwives directly for all queries regarding appointments and where they are taking place as circumstances will be changing daily
  • Please note that GP surgeries and Children’s Centres are likely to be reviewing access to them over the coming weeks and months so location of appointments may change over this period
  • Please note If your partner has symptoms they should self-isolate and not attend any  appointments/visits with you


Guidance for formula feeding 

  • If you are formula feeding your baby please follow the instructions on the packaging. Please do not water down the feed or add any other milk substitutes. If you have any queries please refer to the website below. 

Guidance for breastfeeding 

  • If you are breastfeeding your baby please continue to do so, more information is available here 

Read more information online about coronavirus.


Latvian: Lūdzu, izmantojiet zemāk esošo saiti, lai iegūtu visu jaunāko informāciju par koronavīrusu, kas domāta grūtniecēm un sievietēm pēcdzemdību periodā, ieskaitot medicīniskās vizītes, slimnīcas apmeklējumus un zīdaiņu barošanu.

PolishKliknij ponizszy link by uzystac najnowsze  informacje dla kobiet w ciazy  oraz  kobiet po porodzie na temat koronowirusa. Znajdziesz tu rowniez informacje dotyczace spotkan, wizyt w szpitalu i karmienia niemowlat. 

RomanianVă rugăm să urmați link-ul de mai jos pentru toate cele mai recente informații despre coronavirus pentru femeile gravide și postnatale(dupa nastere), inclusiv programări, vizite la spital și hrănirea sugarului.

RussianПожалуйста, перейдите по ссылке ниже для получения всей последней информации о коронавирусе для беременных и послеродовых женщин, включая встречи, посещение больницы и кормление детей грудного возраста.

Tamilநியமனங்கள், மருத்துவமனையில் சேருதல் மற்றும் குழந்தைகளுக்கு உணவளித்தல் உள்ளிட்ட கர்ப்பிணி மற்றும் பிரசவத்திற்கு முந்தைய பெண்களுக்கான அனைத்து சமீபத்திய கொரோனா வைரஸ் தகவல்களுக்கும் கீழே உள்ள இணைப்பைப் பின்தொடரவும்