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At this time very little is known about COVID-19, particularly related to its effect on pregnant women and infants, and there currently are no recommendations specific to pregnant women regarding the evaluation or management of COVID-19.

As ACOG members continue providing patient care during this time, we understand that both they and their patients have questions about women's health during the pandemic. These FAQs are developed by several Task Forces, assembled of practicing obstetrician-gynecologists and ACOG members with expertise in obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, gynecology, gynecologic subspecialties, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, infectious disease, hospital systems, telehealth, and ethics, who are on the frontline caring for patients during this pandemic.

These FAQs are based on expert opinion and are intended to supplement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Practice Advisory with information on how to optimize obstetric care in the context of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and ACOG encourages local facilities and systems, with input from their obstetric care professionals, to develop innovative protocols that meet the health care needs of their patients while considering CDC guidance, guidance from local and state health departments, community spread, health care personnel availability, geography, access to readily available local resources, and coordination with other centers.

This is a rapidly changing landscape, and FAQs will be added or modified on a regular basis as the pandemic evolves and additional information becomes available. For additional information, see the Physician FAQs.

Patients: Please refer to this page for information on coronavirus, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

 

 Staffing, Personnel, and Hospital Resources

General Considerations

Prenatal Care

Intrapartum Care

When a pregnant patient with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is admitted and birth is anticipated, the obstetric, pediatric or family medicine, and anesthesia teams should be notified in order to facilitate care.

Postpartum Care

Special Populations

If you have unanswered COVID-19 questions or comments, please send them to covid@acog.org.

Suggested Citation

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. COVID-19 FAQs for obstetricians-gynecologists, obstetrics. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2020. Available at: https://www.acog.org/clinical-information/physician-faqs/covid-19-faqs-for-ob-gyns-obstetrics. Retrieved [enter date].

 

COVID-19 FAQs

Clinical Information

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This document has been developed to respond to some of the questions facing clinicians providing care during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. As the situation evolves, this document may be updated or supplemented to incorporate new data and relevant information. This information is designed as an educational resource to aid clinicians in providing obstetric and gynecologic care, and use of this information is voluntary. This information should not be considered as inclusive of all proper treatments or methods of care or as a statement of the standard of care. It is not intended to substitute for the independent professional judgment of the treating clinician. Variations in practice may be warranted when, in the reasonable judgment of the treating clinician, such course of action is indicated by the condition of the patient, limitations of available resources, or advances in knowledge or technology. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reviews its publications regularly; however, its publications may not reflect the most recent evidence. Any updates to this document can be found on acog.org or by calling the ACOG Resource Center.

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