COVID-19 information for pregnant women and parents

Find COVID-19 related advice for pregnant women, partners and parents, and credible sources that you can turn to for up-to-date information.

For more information about COVID-19 in relation to changes to Monash Health services, visitor restrictions, screening (testing) clinics, vaccination and resources, please visit the Monash Health website.

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COVID-19 information

It is known that pregnant women are more likely to develop severe disease and need intensive care than non-pregnant women with COVID-19. This is one of the reasons COVID-19 vaccination is now strongly recommended, and it is safe to receive at any stage of pregnancy.

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, please read COVID-19 infection in pregnancy (fact sheet).

If you are within the first 5 days of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, you might also be interested to read about Sotrovimab. This is a new medication that has been developed for the treatment of COVID-19 – view information on Sotrovimab here.

Other helpful resources

Please visit the Department of Health website for the latest updates with regards to COVID-19, breastfeeding and pregnant women:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby – provided on behalf of the Department of Health

Clinic appointments during the pandemic

Monash Health has robust infection control measures in place, and it is safe for you to attend your appointments at Monash Health sites. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and will contact you if the risk of infection changes.

Please do not attend a Monash Women’s clinic appointment if you are concerned that you or a close contact may have COVID-19, and attend a testing site as soon as feasible for testing. Self-isolate until your result is known and follow advice from the Department of Health.

Contact the Maternity clinic at your booked site to speak to one of our midwives if you have tested positive to coronavirus or have concerns.

If you are unwell or in self-isolation and have a clinic appointment, please call the Maternity clinic to be advised further.

Call a clinic midwife:

COVID pre-admission surveillance testing

Pre-admission COVID testing is now routinely recommended for all women and partners prior to hospital admission for birth. For more information, please view our fact sheet – COVID pre-admission surveillance testing for women and partners who are without symptoms or COVID exposure.

If you are COVID positive and are coming into hospital to give birth to your baby, please read Monash Medical Centre – designated COVID maternity hospital.

COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy

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