OB/Neonatal COVID-19 Updates

March 31, 2020

The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC), in partnership with the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH), will host a COVID-19 Strategies for OB/Neonatal Units Webinar on Fri. April 3, 12 to 1 p.m. Leaders from OB and Neonatal units from around Illinois will be sharing strategies and discussing approaches for key issues that OB/Neonatal providers and staff are currently facing. Please register for the webinar with the following zoom link. Registration is limited to 300 participants, but a recording of the webinar will be made available on the ILPQC website.

ILPQC has launched a COVID-19 OB/Neonatal resources webpage that will be regularly updated with national guidelines, publications and example strategies/protocols and resources from obstetric and neonatal units and outpatient OB care. Members willing to share COVID-19 resources/protocols with other Illinois hospitals can email them to info@ilpqc.org.

IDPH has released guidance on the care of pregnant women and newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IDPH Perinatal Advisory Committee (PAC) supports the recently published recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic from the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine regarding obstetrical care and appropriate distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) resources in order to full protect obstetrical providers, pregnant women, and their partners. While these recommendations may not apply to each and every clinical setting, PAC supports careful consideration of these concerns. Additional COVID-19 guidance is available on the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology webpage.