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      Labour & giving birth during coronavirus (COVID-19)

      Welcoming your baby into the world is one of the most amazing experiences in life. It’s also one of the most nerve-racking – particularly in the midst of a global health pandemic. With so much uncertainty and hospital regulations changing by the day, the key to staying calm and feeling in control of the situation is keeping up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 guidance and preparing yourself for all eventualities.

      From understanding if you'll be able to have your birth partner with you, to the latest guidance on home births, we’ve got lots of information to help you stay informed, to help ensure your experience of labour and birth is a positive one.

      Spending time at home as you wait for the early signs of labour gives you plenty of time for any last minute preparations, like talking your partner through what you’ve packed in your hospital bag. Why not use it to practice some breathing techniques for labour, get a clear understanding of your pain relief options and learn all about breastfeeding for the first time. 

      Preparing for birth during Coronavirus

      Dr Sarah Jarvis explains the best way to prepare for labour and birth during the outbreak of coronavirus and how the ongoing pandemic may affect your birth plans. Discover what you need to do if you’re self-isolating or suffering symptoms of COVID-19 when you go in to labour, what to expect when you arrive at hospital as well as your pain relief options if you’ve tested positive for coronavirus.

      Dr Sarah Jarvis also outlines the guidance for birth partners both during labour and birth, and after your baby has been born.

      Dr Sarah Jarvis, MBE

      Dr Sarah Jarvis, is a qualified GP and an active medical writer and broadcaster, with a lifelong interest in women’s health.

      As well as being the resident medical expert on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, during the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Sarah Jarvis has been appearing regularly on BBC 1’s The One Show, ITV’s Coronavirus: Q&A and Channel 5 news giving expert advice about all aspects of the pandemic.

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