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Letter to the Lifecycle WomanCare Community Regarding COVID-19

13 Mar Letter to the Lifecycle WomanCare Community Regarding COVID-19

UPDATED 3/17/2020

As best practice recommendations continue to change, Lifecycle WomanCare is committed to keeping client and provider safety a priority as we all collectively work to minimize the impact of COVID-19.

In order to maximize our ability to fulfill our core mission, we have instituted the following policies, effective Tuesday, 3/17:

  • Anyone planning to enter Lifecycle WomanCare’s main office in Bryn Mawr or satellite office in South Philadelphia must answer the following screening questions, which are consistent with Main Line Health’s COVID-19 policy. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you will not be permitted inside the building:
    • Have you had a cough, fever, body aches, or a sore throat in the last 14 days?
    • Has anyone in your household had the above symptoms?
    • Have you been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or a person whose test is pending?
    • Have you traveled outside of the US in the last 14 days by plane or cruise ship?
  • We request that children do not come to office visits at either of our locations. One healthy partner may attend, pending their answers to the above screening questions.
  • Gynecological appointments are on-hold for now, unless you are experiencing an emergent problem. If you have an upcoming appointment, we will reach out to you directly to discuss next steps.
  • Prenatal visits, postpartum visits, and lactation consults will continue. Please call us if you need to make an appointment.
  • You may have one support person and one doula (if applicable) during labor. Both will be screened for symptoms of concern before they are allowed to enter the building. Please see above.
  • At this time, no visitors will be allowed in the building during your postpartum stay.

 

We realize that many of these policies represent a culture shift for LWC, and we hope that you understand that we did not make these decisions lightly.

It is our responsibility to consider all current recommendations regarding COVID-19, do our best to help halt the spread of this virus, and keep everyone who is in our care safe and healthy. We will continue to re-evaluate our policies as time passes and we have more information.

It is our responsibility to consider all current recommendations regarding COVID-19, do our best to help halt the spread of this virus, and keep everyone who is in our care safe and healthy. We will continue to re-evaluate our policies as time passes and we have more information.

As always, we are here to discuss any questions or concerns. Please call us at 610.525.6086.

3/13/2020

As the novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is very much a reality, we understand that it is hard not to feel unsettled. Our number one priority at Lifecycle WomanCare is to keep our clients safe. We have created, and will be continuing to adapt, policies and procedures to that end.

This situation is still evolving and we are constantly reassessing what it means for LWC. As new information continues to become available, our response is being guided by evidence-based, best practice information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We are also working closely with our affiliated hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and the Main Line Health System.

Here is what we know: healthy younger adults are at low risk for severe disease and children seem to do well if exposed to the virus.

Here is what we do not know: we do not have adequate data about the effect of this disease on pregnant and postpartum people, or on newborn babies. As such, we are asking the following of our clients:

If you, or anyone in your household, is experiencing symptoms of concern (i.e. body aches, a dry cough, and/or a fever), please call our office before coming in for any of the following:

  • Prenatal appointments
  • Postpartum appointments
  • Lactation consultations
  • Gynecological appointments


For clients who are expecting to give birth soon, we have explicit guidelines that will be discussed with your midwife or nurse practitioner during your prenatal appointments.

At this time, classes and workshops will be offered online via Zoom. If you are currently enrolled in a class or workshop, we will be in contact to provide you with further details and instructions. Please email Nikki Graham, ngraham@lifecyclewomancare.org, with questions or concerns and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

All breastfeeding and new parent support groups will be on hold until further notice. Please check our website for updates.

To protect our clients, all LWC personnel with symptoms of concern have been advised not to come into work. Hand washing remains paramount. While cleaning and sterilization are always of utmost importance at LWC, we are employing additional sanitation measures.

We will do our best to provide updates as the situation warrants, but please do not hesitate to call us at 610-525-6086 if you have any questions or concerns. We also recommend reviewing the following resources for up-to-date information about COVID-19 and its effect on pregnancy, newborns, and breastfeeding:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-guidance-breastfeeding.html

https://www.unicef.org/stories/novel-coronavirus-outbreak-what-parents-should-know

https://m.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Practice-Advisories/Practice-Advisory-Novel-Coronavirus2019

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 610.525.6086..

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