Our Approach to the Coronavirus

Dear Families,

As we follow the updates on the spread of Covid-19, we are taking measures to decrease the risk of spreading the infection; social distancing, hand washing, rest, and immune boosters. My exposure is quite low as I drive and do not take public transportation. I am doing my best to order testing kits asap.

I took my daughter out of the public school system last week, and now schools are officially closed, as are all her dance classes. My son who lives with me is home and practicing social distancing—his girlfriend and her family moved out to Montauk last week. I am staying up to date with information from the websites listed below.

I would also like to suggest prenatal care via FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom. In-person meetings would be required for at least every other appointment as assessment of your growing belly with hands-on maneuvers is crucial. If you choose this option, you must provide a blood pressure reading for every tele-care visit—a link to purchase a blood pressure cuff is listed below. Mandatory in-person meetings will occur for all major blood-draws and labs as well as the first postpartum visit.

These regulations are based on various national and international recommendations and are temporary and based on the spread of the virus. Please let me know if you would like to discuss this with me by phone.

Immunity

Pregnancy is a natural state of lower immunity so…

During your pregnancy AND after the baby is born, we are asking you to avoid travel and gatherings and to minimize physical contact wherever possible, aka social distancing. We know this may be challenging if you have families who want to come and see you after birth (or be at the birth).

Please reach out to me IMMEDIATELY if you come down with any symptoms (see CDC guidelines below).

If you have symptoms or are quarantined because someone close to you has been diagnosed, we will only do telecare.

As usual, please observe good handwashing routines, keep hydrated, eat well, and cook at home whenever possible. 

Your emotional state will also affect your physical health as well as your baby. Please continue self-care such as yoga or meditation.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Warmly,

Shar

Blood pressure cuffs:

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-blood-pressure-monitors-for-at-home-use/

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

https://bit.ly/2w0kEu8

https://bit.ly/39TzUY5

CDC updates

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

NYC Department of Health

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

National Perinatal Association

http://www.nationalperinatal.org/COVID-19

How to make your own hand sanitizer if you can’t find it.

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