Think you have COVID-19 symptoms? Use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.
If you have been told to self isolate, use this fact sheet as a guide on what this means for you and your family: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.pdf?la=en
This video helps educate the public on ways to stay healthy during this pandemic and explains:
Patient and Visitor Screening Form for Niagara Health System: https://nhspvscreening.powerappsportals.com
During this pandemic we have two goals:
In order to fulfil these two goals, we will need to alter how we provide care to our clients.
Below are some of the changes:
Entering our clinic:
Cancellation of large gatherings: Our public events like our information sessions, breastfeeding classes and home birth info sessions are cancelled. We have moved to an online format.
Changing the flow of people at our clinic: We are making the following changes to reduce transmission:
Hospital births: The hospital has initiated strict visitor limitations. Currently, you may have only one person with you during your birth and postpartum stay. That person may be with you at any time of the day or night. Grandparents and children, including siblings of the new baby, are not allowed to visit the hospital at this time.
During this time when hospital resources are scarce, we are asking that if you are stable and able, to strongly consider early discharge from hospital after you give birth.
Home Births: We will continue to offer choice of birthplace. Home birth can be a great way to keep people and their babies out of the hospital, however, we need to be certain that every person requesting a home birth is a good candidate for home birth (ie. low risk of complications). If any household members are sick or have screened positive for COVID-19, midwives will not be able to attend you at home. If you are in self isolation we will not be able to attend you at home.
There are changes happening every day as the pandemic is evolving. We are hopeful that the measures taken by the Canadian government to reduce travel, close schools, and cancel large events will slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the healthcare system to properly care for those who need it. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date as time goes on.
We know it can be stressful to deal with situations like this, especially while you are pregnant or have a new baby at home. Our hope is that you remain healthy and calm in the weeks ahead.
Immediate Links to resources
If you would like information about COVID please refer to these two gov’t sites:
We want to remind people that this a time for people to band together and think about the collective good. It may not be business as usual but we have a great deal of resources and for this we are grateful.