Special COVID-19 Update

To all our expectant and prospective parents

We are thinking of you all, along with our wider birthing community at this unprecedented and challenging time.

Please read the following information and recommendations from the LBC Committee & Midwives.

We have included additional resources to assist you and your family during this challenging time.

We would like to advise you of the following.

We have made the decision to keep providing midwifery care:

We strongly advise you to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family.

We recommend that the pregnant woman considers herself to be in ‘lockdown’ except for essential pregnancy appointments from 32 weeks.

We will be making changes to the way we do things in line with the advice we are being given. This may include wearing personnel protective equipment (PPE) – goggles, overshirts or gowns, masks and wipe-able shoes. This is for our and your family’s protection and aimed at minimising the spread of coronavirus.

If one of the midwives in the group becomes unwell, they will be unavailable to provide care. Your midwife will contact you and provide you with advice & alternative arrangements for your continued pregnancy and birthing care.We want to remain well to continue to provide care, however if our workforce is unable to provide two midwives for a homebirth we will have no alternative but to transfer a woman’s care to the nearest public maternity service.

We are living in very difficult times and as you are aware advisories are being updated daily. Please contact your midwife if you have further questions or concerns.

Look after yourselves, your loved ones and stay safe.

For further questions please contact Midwife Emma Ryder: 0488 962 231

Tasmanian info on COVID-19

Click below for links providing further information:

Primary Health Tasmania: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tasmanian Government: Testing for COVID-19

Australian Government: Head to Health

Evidence Based Birth: COVID-19 Resource Page

Gidget Foundation Australia: COVID-19 Support

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