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Below is information about COVID-19, including changes we’ve made to our clinic as a result of Coronavirus, changes made at St Paul's and BC Women's, current best practice guidelines, and additional resources. We will try to keep this page as up-to-date as we can. As always, the health and safety of our clients is at the top of our minds as we contemplate best practice.






The guidelines and research continue to evolve and be updated regarding recommendations around pregnant and breastfeeding/chestfeeding people receiving the COVID vaccine. Please find below decision making resources to aid you in your decision surrounding receiving the vaccine in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.



Please be aware of symptoms of COVID-19: 

  • a fever (temperature >38.0 C) and/or flu-like symptoms

  • respiratory related issues (coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, coughing up blood)

  • GI symptoms

  • Wondering if you need to swab or self-isolate for COVID-19? Take this quiz: COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Please STAY HOME and call 8-1-1 (nursing hotline) and await their instructions. Please inform 811 that you are pregnant. You will speak to a nurse and be triaged to a testing centre if indicated.

  • Call the pager to inform your midwives you are symptomatic and to make them aware of the follow up plan public health instructs.

  • Do NOT come into clinic- As per the BCCDC recommendations, anyone who is symptomatic will not be seen in clinic. Should you need to reschedule your appointment due to illness please do so by emailing

  • Anyone who is symptomatic & needs urgent obstetrical assessment will be assessed at their planned birthing hospital (BC Women's or St Paul's).



We have made the following changes to our clinic to protect the safety and well-being of our Bloom families and our entire community by reducing volume of non-essential calls and visits. Please note in working to achieve this, we appreciate all efforts and flexibility for families to adhere to and support these strategies.

Prenatal and Postpartum Clinic Visits:

  • As of July 15th, 2021, most prenatal and postpartum visits will resume in person. Telehealth will be used if clients are instructed to self isolate.

  • As of July 1st, 2021, one support person is invited to attend your prenatal appointments. We request that they self screen for symptoms of Covid-19 and do not enter clinic if they should be isolating. All individuals are asked to wear masks until further notice. We kindly ask that if you are able, children stay home, however we understand if suitable childcare is not available. If you or your child is sick, please stay home.

  • Please note that we are more than happy to speak over the phone in order to answer any questions and further discuss any topics raised during visits. Our top priority is your health and safety, but by limiting face-to-face exposure we do not in any way want to limit your ability to ask questions and our ability to ensure we are providing you all the information you need to navigate your pregnancy.

  • ​ Safety in the Waiting Room: Please wear a mask and use hand sanitizer as you enter the clinic.

  • If your visit has been switched to a phone/Telehealth appointment, your Midwife will call you at the same time your appointment is booked. You do not need to do anything except make sure you are by your phone (or Doxyme platform) at the time of your appointment (please change your phone settings to accept "unidentified callers" as the call may come from a "blocked caller ID").

  • We have resumed pre-pandemic guidelines for in-person visits as of July 15th, 2021.

    • One visit in first trimester (or shortly thereafter)

    • Two visits in the second trimester (around 24 and 28 weeks)

    • Frequent visits in the third trimesters (30, 34, 36, 38, 40, 41 weeks)

    • Postpartum visits: hospital or home visits as needed during your first week postpartum. Follow-up clinic visits at 3 & 6 weeks postpartum for second+ babies; and clinic visits at 2 & 6 weeks postpartum for first babies.

  • We have also significantly modified the setup of and cleaning frequency of our clinic to minimize the chance of exposure for all. Equipment and furniture in the clinic room are being sanitized between every client, and all high-traffic areas are being wiped down with antiviral solution frequently throughout the day. We have removed all toys, books, cups & tea/water station, and unnecessary furniture. 

  • Please do NOT come to the clinic if you are sick with a cold, cough or flu-like symptoms. We will be required to ask you to leave.

  • In addition, our prenatal and breastfeeding classes, and baby drop ins are CANCELLED until further notice.


For the health and safety of all hospital patients, at both hospitals labour and delivery has instituted the following changes:

  • Only one non-professional support person is allowed to attend each labouring person (this means your partner, or a chosen support), and it must be the same person for the entire duration of the L&D stay

  • Professional doulas (who are DONA-certified) are allowed in addition to your one non-professional support person during your labour and delivery at both St Paul's and BC Women's

  • No friends and family are allowed in the waiting area on L&D, or to visit in the postpartum

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is still available during labour at both hospitals

  • Hospital tours have been discontinued due to the pandemic. An online tour of BC Women's can be found here



  • We ask you to limit the number of extra support persons at home, however doulas are welcome as part of the home birth support team.



  • We are happy to continue to provide postpartum home visits during the first 7-10 days at home. We will call prior to the visit to answer any questions so that we can keep our visits briefer to limit any possible exposures. 

  • If anyone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19 or is in quarantine for possible exposure, we will not be able to offer home birth or home visits – this is to protect all our clients.



Please be mindful to maintain distancing from our lovely MOAs (office administrators) while they assist you in the clinic


Your Bloom midwives and the other midwives of Vancouver work as a team and help each other in times of need. We prioritize continuity of care for our clients, and strive to provide your known care providers to you whenever possible. If one of your Bloom midwives becomes aware of an exposure or becomes ill and must self-quarantine and stop working, you may receive care from another midwife in our Vancouver Community in order to protect your health. 


The 3 leading organizations for Obstetrics and Gynecology have recently published Covid-19 practice advisories. You can read them here:

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

These are the key highlights from all 3 of these key organizations:


  • Pregnant people should be considered an at-risk population due to physiologic and immunologic changes in pregnancy

  • Covid-19 transmission to the baby in pregnancy seems unlikely. There has been a single case report of possible transmission in pregnancy. Again, there is very limited data.

  • As there is no evidence your baby can get infected while in the uterus it is currently considered unlikely that there will be congenital effects of the virus on your baby’s development.

  • To date, there is currently no conclusive data suggesting an increased risk of miscarriage or early pregnancy loss in relation to COVID-19. Case reports from early pregnancy studies with SARS and MERS reported pregnancy losses but did not demonstrate a convincing relationship between infection and increased risk of miscarriage or second trimester loss.

  • As with SARS and MERS and drawing upon our knowledge of other respiratory illnesses in pregnancy, adverse outcomes are likely to be strongly correlated with degree of illness – most pregnant people who contract Covid-19 will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.

  • If you are immunocompromised, have asthma or lung disease, diabetes, renal disease, or chronic illness, be extra vigilant in pregnancy with hand hygiene and Social Distancing.

  • If you test positive for the Covid-19 virus in pregnancy, please let your midwife team know as soon as possible. We may need to adjust your visit schedule and extra tests in pregnancy on a case-by-case basis.

  • There might be a greater risk of the baby’s growth being restricted in the uterus and being born smaller than usual – based on data from other coronaviruses (e.g. two-thirds of pregnancies with SARS were affected by small intrauterine growth). Therefore, pregnant people with Covid-19 should have ultrasounds to monitor for growth restriction in the baby. Your midwife will discuss these with you as indicated.



  • In two case series in China, including a total of 18 pregnant persons infected with COVID-19 and 19 babies (one set of twins), there were 8 reported cases of fetal compromise. Given this relatively high rate of fetal compromise, continuous electronic fetal monitoring in labour is currently recommended for all persons with active COVID-19 infections.



  • There is no evidence that the virus has been found in the breastmilk of people infected with Covid-19. The primary concern is whether an infected mother can transmit the virus through infective airborne droplets during the period of breastfeeding. A mother with confirmed Covid-19 or who is symptomatic with flu like symptoms should take all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to the infant, including washing hands before touching the infant and wearing a face mask, if possible, while breastfeeding. In the light of the current evidence, it is advised that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breastmilk.

  • All babies born to COVID-19 positive mothers should have appropriate close monitoring and early involvement of neonatal care, where necessary. Babies born to people testing positive for COVID-19 will need follow-up and ongoing check-ups after discharge from the hospital.


As a reminder, the best way to protect ourselves and our community from COVID-19 are straightforward:

  • Handwashing – Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after touching your face, before eating, and after using the washroom. This is the best way to prevent transmission of any virus. If a sink is not available, the next best option is hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol content.

  • Avoid touching your face if possible. COVID-19 and other viruses are spread through coughing and sneezing, but also by touching surfaces that the virus is living on and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. 

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose immediately.  Alternatively, folks can cough or sneeze into their sleeve.

  • Social Distancing—As much as reasonably possible, keep two arms-lengths (one yours, one the other person) apart from others.

  • Covid vaccines in pregnancy/breastfeeding SOGC Consensus Statement: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered vaccination at anytime during pregnancy if they are eligible and no contraindications exist. Please read more information in the SOGC statement.

 For additional information on COVID-19, please see the following websites:


  • Sick notes for employers: As per instructions from the Minister of Health and the Provincial Medical Officer of Health, you will not need a note to miss work if you have symptoms.

  • Service Canada-applying for EI for Covid-19 related work closures or quarantine

  • Travel advisory notice: The B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer is still advising no non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States. Anyone choosing to travel will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return. 

  • School closures: This is a great piece for all the parents out there who may be home with their kids and Social Distancing:  How to prepare for extended school closings – and not lose your mind.

  • Anxiety and coping with the COVID outbreak: Many of you may feel overwhelmed with the rapidly changing news reports about the spread of COVID. 

    • You can read more about coping strategies herehere, and here

    • Many local counsellours offer remote consults (including our Bloom Perinatal Clinical Counsellor, Monica Pearson) – get in touch if you feel you need more support. 

    • Many people successfully use Mindfulness-based stress reduction to manage anxiety. 

    • Simplify your life as much as possible, and do what makes you feel healthy and happy (within the limits of social distancing!). Think about other strategies that have worked for you in the past to help you manage stress and anxiety, and try to adapt them to the current situation. 


Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. We recognize that this is a changing situation, and our guidelines may change to reflect best practice recommendations as they continue to evolve. Please do not hesitate to call or email our Bloom office you have any concerns.

Sincerely, your Bloom Midwifery Team

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