Pregnant women who test positive for COVID-19 should contact their local maternity unit as soon as possible for an assessment. Low blood oxygen levels or a very fast heart rate can be dangerous for them and their babies, even if they feel well. Pregnant women with COVID-19 can occasionally become unwell very quickly.
COVID-19 Pregnancy Home Oxygen Monitoring: Monitoring blood oxygen level is the most accurate way of keeping pregnant women safe when they have symptoms of COVID-19. This is done with a device called a pulse oximeter, which attaches to your finger and takes blood oxygen and pulse rate readings. There is video information about how to use a Pulse Oximeter in: English, Polish, Hindi , Punjab and Urdu and in this leaflet from the Technology Enabled Care Team.
NHS Near Me is a secure video consulting service for medical appointments, which is provided through a digital platform called ‘Attend Anywhere’. NHS Near Me appointments can take place in any private location using a smartphone, tablet or computer. NHS Near Me can help reduce unnecessary journeys to hospitals and clinics and support pregnant women safely at home. There is information about maternity care and NHS Near Me on NHS Inform and in this leaflet.
Home Blood Pressure and Urine Monitoring: It is important to monitor blood pressure and urine in pregnancy. It helps maternity care teams know if treatment is needed and to provide it quickly. Using technology can help reduce unnecessary journeys to hospitals and clinics and support pregnancies safely at home. There is information about maternity care and home monitoring on NHS Inform and in this leaflet.
Information for Expectant Parents about Neonatal Care
This leaflet is to provide parents with information should their baby need extra neonatal care after they are born. There is more information on NHS Inform and in this leaflet.
Neonatal Developmental Follow Up Clinic: The clinic is designed to monitor the development of children born early or needed neonatal care following birth. There is more information in this leaflet.
The primary pregnancy resource given at midwifery booking appointment is Ready Steady Baby, in print, online, Easy-read and Translated formats. Other resources for anyone who uses maternity services in Scotland are:
Other resources for all parents of new babies include:
The Young Patient Family Fund provides a downloadable claim form to support eligible parents and visitors to postnatal and transitional care wards to claim for meals, travel, and accommodation costs, as well as a list of NHS Board Contact Details