COVID-19 Guidance: Labour, Delivery and Newborn Care

Updated: November 2020


This guidance document provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. In the event of a conflict between this Guidance and a Directive of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Directive prevails.


Highlights of changes:

  • Clarification on testing: COVID-19 should be suspected in all pregnant women manifesting with an unexplained, persistent (on two occasions, 30 minutes apart) fever (>37.8) and testing for SARS-CoV2 should be performed. While testing should be considered for any febrile women in labour, if community prevalence remains low and an alternate cause of fever is clear, it is reasonable not to test (Bullet 10).

Read full document here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_labour_delivery_newborn_guidance.pdf

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