Prenatal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Prenatal Patient Resources

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority is to keep our patients, staff, and communities safe. To do this, we are limiting in-person contact by reducing in-person visits at your doctor’s office and the hospital and replacing some in-person care with virtual prenatal care. Our team has compiled a variety of resources to ensure that you continue to feel supported and well-informed during your pregnancy.

Preparing for your Virtual Visits

You are not required to purchase any equipment to prepare for your virtual visits. However, some patients may choose to purchase devices to monitor their blood pressure and/or check their baby’s heart rate, for their own reassurance. If you choose to monitor these, you can do so before your appointment and share your values with your doctor or midwife at your virtual visit.

We believe it is safe to complete your virtual visits without a blood pressure cuff to monitor your blood pressure, as long as you do not have a history of high blood pressure. However, if you would like to purchase a blood pressure cuff, we recommend one of the following models. Please be sure to read the instructions that come with your device, and reach out to your provider with any questions.

Recommended Blood Pressure Cuff Models:

  • Omron 7 Series® Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor (Model BP7350). Available at Omron Healthcare, Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid.
  • Omron Platinum® (Model BP5450). Available at Omron Healthcare and Amazon.
  • A&D Medical Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Medium Cuff (Model UA-611). Available at Amazon.
  • Omron 3 Series® Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor (Model BP7100). Available at Omron Healthcare and Amazon.
  • Withings BPM Connect Wi-Fi Smart Blood Pressure Monitor (iPhone and iPad Compatible). Available at Apple.

We believe it is safe to complete your virtual visits without a fetal Doppler monitor. However, if you would like to purchase a home fetal Doppler monitor, we recommend one of the following models. Please be sure to read the instructions that come with your device, and reach out to your provider with any questions.

Recommended Fetal Dopplers:

We also recommend purchasing extra ultrasound gel to use with your fetal Doppler, such as Parker Aquasonic 100 Ultrasound Transmission Gel

In addition, there are a number of apps to help you measure your baby's heart rate at home. These devices are not FDA approved, but may be helpful for providing reassurance during your pregnancy! 

Recommended Apps:

  • Fetal Beats (iOS)
  • Hear My Baby Heartbeat (iOS)
  • My Baby Heart Rate Record.er (iOS)
  • Tiny Beat (iOS)
  • Babyscope (iOS)
  • Fetal Doppler Unborn Heart (iOS/Android)
  • Baby Heartbeat Listener (Android)
  • Baby Heartbeat Monitor (Android)
  • Baby Heartbeats Lite (Android)

Educational Resources

In addition to the prenatal education your doctor or midwife will provide at your in-person visits, you now have access to YoMingo® Digital Maternity Education, an online resource to help support your learning. The YoMingo® materials, which are available to Michigan Medicine patients through May 31st, 2020, cover a range of topics from pregnancy through infant care, including comfort measures in labor, proper breastfeeding positioning, baby development milestones, and infant behavior. To register for YoMingo®, visit www2.customizedinc.com/childbirtheducation.

Todos los artículos de YoMingo® enumerados al final de este mensaje tienen traducciones al español.

Our team has also compiled a number of additional online resources to support your learning at each stage of your pregnancy.

  • Benefits of Breastfeeding | Beneficios de la Lactancia
  • Exclusive Breastfeeding | La Lactancia Materna Exclusiva
  • COVID Resources
  • Labor & Birth | Trabajo y Nacimiento
  • Cesarean Birth | El Parto por Cesárea
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean | Parto Vaginal Después de una Cesárea
  • Labor & Birth | Trabajo y Nacimiento
  • Cesarean Birth | El Parto por Cesárea
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean | Parto Vaginal Después de una Cesárea
  • Contractions | Las Contracciones
  • Warning Signs in Later Pregnancy | Las Señales de Advertencia al Final del Embarazo
  • Vaginal Birth Stories
  • Cesarean Birth Stories
  • Choosing a Provider for Your Baby | La Elección de un Proveedor para su Bebé
  • Car Seats: Basic Guidelines | Asientos de Carro: Directrices Básicas
  • Labor Guide | Guía de Parto
  • Labor Signs | Los Signos de Parto
  • Contractions | Las Contracciones
  • When Should I Go to the Hospital/Birth Center? | ¿Cuándo debo ir al hospital / centro de maternidad?
  • Warning Signs in Later Pregnancy | Las Señales de Advertencia al Final del Embarazo
  • Cesarean Birth | El Parto por Cesárea
  • Vaginal Birth | Parto Vaginal
  • Newborn Care | Cuidado del Recién Nacido
  • Baby Furniture Safety Tips | Consejos de Seguridad para los Muebles del Bebé
  • Warning Signs for Cribs and Mattresses | Las Señales de Advertencia para Cunas y Colchones
  • Safe Sleeping and SIDS | Dormir en Forma Segura y el SMSL
  • Baby Gear | Engranaje del Bebé
  • Becoming a New Family | Convertirse en una Familia Nueva
  • Single Parenting | Los Padres Solteros
  • Induced & Elective Birth

Maintaining Support while Practicing “Social Distancing” During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social distancing is intentionally keeping physical space between you and other people to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. We know this can be difficult, especially during pregnancy. 

Stay Home, Stay Connected Michigan Medicine Online Pregnancy Support Groups

To make sure you feel supported, we created Stay Home, Stay Connected - an online group where pregnant and postpartum patients can communicate and share their experiences. The program includes monthly small group check-ins with other patients at similar points in their pregnancy, and online classes on wellness and managing stress in pregnancy. If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this form: https://bit.ly/3c84mie

Our team has collaborated with Social Services to compile a COVID-19 Social Services Resource Guide. The guide contains important information on housing, food access, and other social needs you may have, particularly during difficult economic times. 

The Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the Zero To Thrive program has also created a free, online support group for fathers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group is open to all fathers with children 12 and under and meets weekly on Wednesdays 11:00 am-12:00 pm (May 13th-June 17th).

Delivering at the Hospital is Safer than Delivering at Home

Because of the rapid changes to COVID-19 in Michigan, our policies are changing regularly. At this time, patients coming to the birth center are allowed to have 1 support person with them for their delivery. We have infection control procedures in place to help keep all of our mothers and babies safe. If you have more questions, you can reach out directly to your provider through the portal. We still recommend that women deliver at the hospital where we have all available resources to help you, not at home.