Perinatal & Infant Populations
This frequently asked questions page is based on what is currently known about the spread and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please check the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website periodically for updated information and guidance. This page is intended for pregnant women, mothers, and individuals serving pregnant and postpartum mothers and infants.
- Are pregnant women at greater risk of contracting COVID-19?
- Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy or be passed on to the unborn baby?
- Is it safe to breastfeed my baby?
- How can I protect myself and my family from contracting COVID-19?
- When should I contact my medical provider?
- Should I still go to my prenatal and postpartum appointments?
- How will this outbreak affect my delivery experience?
- If I have Medicaid or KanCare coverage for my pregnancy, how will it be affected by this pandemic?
- How can I keep my newborn safe?
- Should I take my baby/child to his/her regularly scheduled well-child appointments?
- What extra precautions can I take to protect my baby if I have, or am suspected of having, COVID-19?
- What symptoms should I be watching for in my baby?
- Should I continue to receive other health and support services?
- How else can I help keep my baby safe?
- Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and recommended for pregnant and lactating women?
Additional Information & Resources
- Information on COVID-19 during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Clinical Guidance on COVID-19 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- COVID-19 Resource Center provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
- Handout on Handwashing by CDC
- Managing Anxiety and Stress related to COVID-19 by CDC
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health during an Emergency by CDC
- Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation during an Infectious Disease (PDF)
- Outbreak (PDF) - includes Helpful Resources and Hotlines by SAMHS