The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Women’s Care is prepared for the ever-changing challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus in our community. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.
Effective January 10, 2022, patients will be permitted to have one masked visitor over the age of 18 if they are a minor, have a disability that requires an assistant to move them in and out of the office, to offer or understand the information needed to participate in the visit, or the patient is asked to come to the office to review a serious test result. The visitor must complete COVID-19 screening with the patient.
As always, a certain amount of discretion is offered for pressing clinical concerns in which the attendance of a support person is critical to the visit. Please also note that some Women’s Care offices may have stricter visitor policies to ensure a safe setting for patients and staff. If you have questions about bringing a visitor to an upcoming visit, please call your provider’s office ahead of your scheduled appointment time to confirm.
Do I have to wear a mask when I come to the office?
Yes, you do. Even though many of our providers and staff members are fully vaccinated and we know that many of you are as well, we are following CDC guidance. The CDC recommends that even fully vaccinated individuals remain masked when providing or receiving patient care in a healthcare setting. As a more significant portion of the population becomes vaccinated, we all look forward to the day that we can reduce the current rules about mask-wearing in doctors’ offices and hospital settings.
Can I bring a visitor to my OB appointment at Women’s Care?
Effective January 10, 2022, all OB patients will be permitted to have one masked visitor over the age of 18 for the first OB appointment, for the confirmation of pregnancy U/S, and for the second-trimester anatomy scan. The visitor must complete COVID-19 screening with the patient.
Please note that some Women’s Care offices may have stricter visitor policies to ensure a safe setting for patients and staff. If you have questions about bringing a visitor to an upcoming OB visit, please call your provider’s office ahead of your scheduled appointment time to confirm.
Can I make a video of my ultrasound?
The sonographer will indicate when a patient may begin recording a short video clip of the baby at end of the exam.
My child is a minor and seeing the doctor. May I join her?
Yes, unemancipated minors may have a masked parent or legal guardian accompany them to the visit.
Can I bring my children with me to my postpartum visit?
Children are not allowed to come to visits; however, please request special accommodations from the office in advance of your visit if you have no other option.
Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine all encourage pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and those contemplating pregnancy to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Further, ACOG recommends that pregnant and recently pregnant people up to 6 weeks postpartum, including pregnant and newly pregnant health care workers, receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine following the completion of their initial COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine series.
What are the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy?
The vaccine is effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. With the two-dose vaccines, you must get both doses for maximum effectiveness. Vaccinations during pregnancy may help transfer protective antibodies to your baby through the placenta and breast milk. These antibodies may lower the chance of your baby getting the COVID-19 disease.
Are there any increased risks to me or my baby if I contract COVID-19 in pregnancy?
Pregnant individuals with COVID-19 are at an increased risk for severe illness compared with non-pregnant individuals. Additionally, pregnant individuals with COVID-19 are at increased risk for preterm birth.
What are the known risks of getting the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy?
There is no evidence of adverse maternal or fetal effects from vaccinating pregnant individuals with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Can pregnant women pass COVID-19 to the baby?
Newer information indicates that in rare circumstances the baby born to a mother with COVID-19 can also test positive for the infection.
Does breastfeeding transmit COVID-19 to the baby?
Current evidence suggests that breast milk is unlikely to spread the virus to the baby.
Does a COVID-19 vaccinated mother offer any protection from COVID to her baby by breastfeeding?
Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine hurt my unborn or breastfed baby?
None of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. are believed to cause harm to the unborn or breastfed baby.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine impact my future fertility?
There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.
Will my Women’s Care provider write a letter that medically exempts me from receiving the COVID vaccine?
Women’s Care providers will not authorize medical exemptions for pregnancy or breastfeeding alone. If you have a medical concern that you believe supports a medical exemption from the COVID vaccine, please discuss it with your primary care physician.
Do I need clearance from my provider to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
While you are always welcome to speak to your provider about any concerns you may have in pregnancy or breastfeeding, you are not required to have a conversation with your provider or a note from your provider to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
What We’re Doing to Protect You
Caring for you means doing our part to keep you safe during your office visit.
- Screening all patients, providers, visitors, and employees before they come into our locations. Screening of patients and visitors is now part of OSHA’s healthcare temporary standard to maintain a safe environment.
- All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to wear face coverings. PPE will be used and properly disposed of in higher-risk interactions.
- We’re following strict processes to sanitize our offices regularly.
- Women’s Care staff members are receiving instruction and ongoing updates about COVID-19, hand hygiene, and other safety measures to decrease the likelihood of contracting or transmitting the infection.
Women’s Care is Offering COVID-19 Testing!
Women’s Care offers COVID-19 testing at select locations to help ensure our patients have access to COVID-19 testing.
Who is eligible to get tested?
- Asymptomatic patients with known or suspected exposure to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days
- Patients presenting with symptoms of upper and/or lower respiratory tract infection
- Healthcare workers
- Asymptomatic patients who need proof of a negative result for work, school or travel
Please contact your provider’s office if you have questions about COVID-19 testing.
We encourage you to keep yourself updated on information about COVID-19 by checking the following websites:
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Florida Department of Health