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COVID-19
Information for the community – Updated 13 January 2022
Acknowledgement
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Having your baby at the WCH

Rest assured that you and your baby will continue to receive the best of care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

We have plans in place to deal with any level of COVID-19 in the community, and we follow strict infection control procedures across all our sites.

We are working with our colleagues at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), which will provide appropriate care should you contract COVID-19 during your pregnancy.

You can find more information about what happens should you contract COVID-19 during your pregnancy on the FMC website.

To inquire about having your baby at the WCH, call the Pregnancy SA Infoline on 1300 368 820, or visit this page of our website:

Maternity visitor guidelines
  • Visitors should not enter the Women’s and Children’s Hospital if they are at all unwell and will need to answer a series of screening questions on arrival.
  • Masks are mandatory for all visitors. A surgical mask will be provided on arrival. Cloth masks are not permitted.
  • There are currently no vaccination requirements for visitors. However, unvaccinated visitors may be subject to additional infection control requirements at the discretion of the hospital.
  • Visitor limits for delivery and maternity wards – a maximum of one person may attend with a woman in labour, and in the ward environment.
  • Visitor limits for outpatients and Women’s Assessment Service – a maximum of one individual per person only may accompany a patient.
  • No visitors under 18 years old will be permitted. Infants under 12 months old are allowed.

COVID-19 Screening

As part of the state-wide response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, a number of preventative measures are in place to keep you, your baby and those around you safe when accessing our healthcare services.

As part of this, you will be asked to undergo COVID-19 test on arrival at the Women's and Children's Hospital when you come in labour.

This is important especially if you have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are symptomatic or meet the epidemiology risks.

Those booked for a planned cesarean section or induction of labour will have a PCR test booked at our on-site inpatient testing clinic prior to admission.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 during your pregnancy, you should seek a PCR test at a community testing site.

A list of COVID-19 testing clinics can be found on the SA Health website.

COVID-19 Vaccinations before, during and after pregnancy

Vaccination is the best way to reduce your risk of becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19.

Research from around the world has shown the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for pregnant people, people planning a family, and people who are breastfeeding.

For more information, including how to book your vaccination appointment, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccineandpregnancy.

WATCH: Professor Helen Marshall and Dr Celia Cooper discuss the benefits of COVID-19 vaccinations before, during and after pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions

Am I allowed a support person during labour?

Yes. Currently women in labour can have one support person with them during their birth. There is currently no vaccination requirements, however support people who have not received a COVID-19 Vaccination may need to follow additional infection control processes. Please follow the directions of your care team.

Can children visit their new sibling?

Up to one visitor is allowed in the ward at any one time. At this time, no children under 18 are permitted on the ward.

I am a private patient – can I have my baby at the WCH?

Yes. You can find more information about having your baby at the WCH on this page of our website.

To book into your nearest public hospital, call the Pregnancy SA Infoline on 1300 368 820, or speak with your treating obstetrician.