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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. 

Preparing for Your Virtual Visits

To keep you and your family safe, 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.

You will need a blood pressure (BP) cuff for your virtual visits. You are not required to purchase a scale or fetal Doppler monitor to check your baby’s heart rate. However, you may choose to purchase these devices for your own reassurance. If you choose to monitor these, you should plan to complete this during your virtual visit and share your values with your doctor or midwife.

Educational Resources

In addition to the prenatal education your doctor or midwife will provide at your in-person visits, our team has compiled a number of resources to support your learning at each stage of your pregnancy. These resources cover a range of topics such as pregnancy, infant care, comfort measures in labor, proper breastfeeding positioning, baby development milestones, and infant behavior. All classes are currently virtual to keep you and your family safe. 

Dr. Swenson with a Patient

For even more educational resources, visit the comprehensive online health resource library, featuring articles and downloads on a variety of health topics, including pregnancy and childbirth. There are also a number of educational classes and seminars available for new and expecting parents.

For more information, call 734-936-8886 or email UMHS-WHRC@med.umich.edu.

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. You can preview some of these online classes here. We are currently recruiting for groups to start in January 2021. If you are interested in signing up, please fill out the form below.

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. 

Delivering at the Hospital is Safer than Delivering at Home

We still recommend that you deliver at the hospital where we have all available resources to help you, not at home. We have infection control procedures in place to help keep all of our mothers and babies safe. Due to the rapid changes to COVID-19 in Michigan, our policies are changing regularly. View our current visitor policy here. If you have questions, you can reach out directly to your doctor or midwife through the patient portal.