Covid-19 Updates & ToolKit

Concerned About birth and PREGNANCY in the chicago-area during the CORONA VIRUS outbreak?

We will continue to add new articles and update these resources to support you in these challenging times.

COVID-19 Update: Can I still find services, care and support?

As the first shock wave set off by the COVID-19 crisis has subsided, pregnant women and their providers are tapping into reserves of resilience and resourcefulness, finding new ways to access and deliver much-needed care and support. You don't have to do without the services you need.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Should I switch to an out-of-hospital birth? Do home birth providers and birth centers still have availability?

Are you (re)considering giving birth at home or in a birth center? Here's what you need to know about out-of-hospital birth options in the Chicago area.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Can my doula be with me? Can my partner be with me?

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, some hospitals have changed their policies on how many companions can accompany a mother in Labor & Delivery. This article tracks policies at all Chicago-area hospitals, so you can see which hospitals still allow a partner and a doula and which only allow one support person.

COVID-19: If I test positive or have symptoms, will I be separated from my baby after birth?

When you arrive at the hospital in labor, you will be screened for COVID-19. If you test positive, or if you have symptoms that suggest you might be infected, then you and your clinical team will have to decide together: Is it better overall for you and your newborn to room together, or is it better for you to be in separate rooms? This article will help you prepare in case you need to make that decision.

Bottom line: The decision is up to you, and major leading health organizations are now aligned in supporting COVID-positive mothers who choose rooming in and breastfeeding their newborns.