Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection in Pregnancy
Information for healthcare professionals
Version 13: Published Friday 19 February 2021
This document aims to provide guidance to healthcare professionals who care for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not intended to replace existing clinical guidelines, but to act as a supplement with additional advice on how to implement standard practice during this time.
The advice in this document is provided as a resource for UK healthcare professionals based on a combination of available evidence, good practice and expert consensus opinion. The priorities are:
(i) The reduction of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to pregnant women, their family
members and healthcare workers.
(ii) The provision of safe, personalised and woman-centred care during pregnancy, birth
and the early postnatal period, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(iii) The provision of safe, personalised and woman-centred care to pregnant and postnatal
women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
This is very much an evolving situation requiring this guidance to be a living document that is under regular review and updated as new information and evidence emerges. Updated advice and information will be published in the Coronavirus (COVID-19), pregnancy and women’s health section of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) website. Information for pregnant women and their families is available in question and answer format, with accompanying videos in some cases, on the RCOG and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) COVID-19 hubs.