A new website has been set up containing the latest information on Covid-19 for pregnant women

Coronavirus.irelandsouthwid.ie was launched by Ireland South Women and Infants Directorate, a network of maternity hospitals/units in the south of Ireland including Cork University Maternity Hospital and the maternity units of University Hospital Kerry, University Hospital Waterford and South Tipperary General Hospital.

This website is a valuable resource for pregnant women during the current Covid-19 pandemic and features information on how to educate, prepare and protect yourself as an expectant mother, listing useful websites from trusted sources. I

t also features frequently asked questions at this time such concerning antenatal check-ups as normal, presence of birth partners and provision of breastfeeding supports.

The site provides accurate information and shares the latest literature and research regarding pregnancy and Covid-19 in an accessible way and will be updated regularly once new research becomes available.

It also contains information from all four maternity hospitals/units in Ireland South Women and Infants Directorate.

Valuable resource

The website is based on guidance produced by RCPI Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC.

Professor John R. Higgins, Clinical Director, Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate commented: “This website seeks to address the key questions women will have when pregnant during the Covid-19 pandemic, and will be kept up-to-date with the latest research and resources for women in the South of Ireland.”

While Katie Bourke, Director of Midwifery, Cork University Maternity Hospital commented: “We’re delighted to offer our expectant mothers this valuable trusted resource which aims to contain or link to all the key information they need to know to support them during the Covid-19 pandemic.”