NEWS | May 19, 2020

A message to expecting moms: Don’t delay care during COVID-19


The message has been clear from health care professionals across the country: Don’t delay necessary medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And for expecting mothers, that message is crucial. Delays to medical care can have serious, life-threatening consequences for both mom and baby.

“It is important for moms to realize that at this time, it is better and safer to have all problems and concerns addressed promptly,” said Debra Wright, director of maternity services at UC Davis Health. “Avoiding a clinic or hospital visit out of fear can have dangerous consequences for mom and baby.”

All mothers who are admitted to the UC Davis Birthing Suites are tested for COVID-19.  

“We have not had any moms with the infection so far. The risks adherent to pregnancy far outweigh the risks of contracting the coronavirus at the hospital,” Wright said.

Common complications of pregnancy include preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, infections and high blood pressure, which can lead to preterm labor, serious medical complications and, rarely, even death.

Wright emphasized that every part of UC Davis Medical Center is safe and that all the staff are expert at managing patients during this pandemic. See how the Labor and Delivery unit at UC Davis Medical Center is prepared for COVID-19.

Expecting mothers with any abnormal symptoms should contact their obstetrician right away.

“Waiting too long to seek care can make a big difference in your outcome and the health of your baby,” Wright said. “Please don’t delay your care.”