COVID-19 Resources for Community Midwives – California
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Summary of CALM’S POSITION ON REDUCING RISK OF SARS-COV-2 INFECTION FOR PLANNED OOH BIRTHS
Midwives have an obligation to protect themselves, their clients and the community by
- practicing proper hand washing or using hand sanitizer when washing isn’t possible
- reducing close contact exposures and therefore community risk by the use of telemedicine, reduced appointment schedule, shorter appointment times, outdoor appointments or a combination of the above.
- wearing masks and asking clients/partners/doulas etc. to wear masks during in person visits and labor/birth
- encouraging the presence of a birth partner for all laboring women and recommending the number of people present at a birth be kept to a minimum in order to protect everyone’s health
- recommending families follow shelter in place guidelines during pregnancy and postpartum
- properly disinfecting all supplies and equipment
CALM is assembling this resource list to support community midwives in this challenging time of COVID-19. The aim is to share up to date information so that we can all benefit. Remember that this is a new virus and research is being released daily so please do your due diligence and do your own research as well.
Resources from other organizations
Lehe Spiegelman, registered midwife in Canada shares two videos on COVID19 response organization of community midwifery supplies:
Supplies and Medications