Pregnant Women - COVID-19 maternity care at Flinders Medical Centre
As part of the state-wide response to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is the dedicated hospital to provide care to COVID-19 positive maternity patients across the state.
You can be reassured, our hospital has dedicated pathways to ensure non-COVID-19 patients remain safe, with COVID-19 patients remaining separate at all times to minimise the risk of COVID-19 exposure to others.
Both non-COVID-19 and COVD-19 pregnant women will receive safe, high-quality and respectful care at FMC at all times.
Information for non-COVID-19 pregnant women at FMC
If you are currently receiving antenatal care or planning to birth at FMC, please be reassured that it is safe to do so.
Your healthcare team will continue to keep you informed throughout your pregnancy care journey with us.
FMC is the designated COVID-19 maternity hospital for pregnant women across the state, but there may be times when our maternity and gynaecology services are at full capacity. The state-wide ‘Decant Plan’ has taken this into account in the planning of services. There may be times when a pregnant woman, even if booked at FMC, may need to give birth to their baby at another metropolitan hospital.
We will do this with as much planning as possible, involve you in the decision making and guide you through the process.
Information for COVID-19 positive pregnant women
If you are a COVID-19 positive pregnant woman and need to attend hospital to birth or receive care, you will be cared for at FMC if you are:
- greater than 16 weeks gestation
- less than 16 weeks gestation and have pregnancy-related complications
- Note: in some situations, COVID-19 pregnant women may also be cared for or have their babies delivered at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital if clinically required.
Your safety is paramount, and each case will be managed with the safety of you and your baby as the number one priority.
To ensure everyone is kept safe, if you are COVID-19 positive and attend FMC you can expect:
- to have a single room with an ensuite during your stay
- staff caring for you to be in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
For more information, please see:
- FMC COVID-19 Maternity Care fact sheet (PDF 364KB)
- Birthing while COVID-19 positive fact sheet (PDF 274KB)
COVID-19 screening for maternity patients
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 and your partner/support person living within the same household will be asked to undergo COVID-19 rapid antigen testing on arrival at your point of admission 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.
For more information about this recommendation, please see our COVID-19 screening for maternity patients fact sheet (PDF 270KB).
COVID-19 Vaccinations for pregnant women
Research from around the world has shown mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, are safe and effective if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a family.
Those who are pregnant and their unborn baby have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 than non-pregnant people.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination: Pregnancy, Planning a Family and Breastfeeding at SALHN page.
For more information about our services, visit the Women & Children Services at FMC page.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, visit the COVID-19
Vaccination: Pregnancy, Planning a Family and Breastfeeding at SALHN page.
For more information regarding paediatric COVID-19 positive patients and how they will receive care, please visit COVID Kids on the Women and Children's Hospital website.