As the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 begins to take hold of our international communities, lactation workers have specific concerns. How will lactation support professionals and consultants handle this developing crisis? There are many aspects to consider: keeping oneself and family safe, keeping your clients/families educated, how to provide services safely and robustly if possible, and how to protect your business as much as possible during a crisis. This presentation will briefly review the basics of what is known about COVID and pregnant people and babies and what your clients may need to anticipate in the event of an infection pre-birth or during the postpartum period. We will review some business practicalities for perinatal professionals, such as effective communication with your clients, screening your clients for COVID-19, protecting yourself during home visits and support groups, alternatives to providing privacy protected care and services when in-person care/support is not recommended or allowed, and so much more. This presentation will have a United States centric bias. However, the presenter will do her best to obtain as much data as possible from other international sources.
- List at least one trusted reference to use for accurate and current healthcare information regarding COVID-19 during the perinatal period.
- Identify two questions to ask when screening a lactation client before you decide on whether to have an in-person or telehealth visit.
- List two ways a lactation support professional can provide privacy protected services in a virtual way to support the lactating family.