Important Notice About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To Our Patients:
As your healthcare provider, we value—and are committed to—your health and the health of your family. We also understand that you have concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as well as the vaccines. At all times, we prioritize optimal health, safety, and infection control. During this outbreak we are continuing to do so with special vigilance and focus. We are carefully following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and the communities we serve.
We understand you have genuine concerns about your and your families’ health and safety as it relates to COVID-19. As always, we are committed to providing the very best care in the safest possible environment. Below, you will find more detail on our specific policies and procedures designed to help us provide the care you need while protecting you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.
- Every patient goes through a screening process at every visit.
- Social distancing is practiced in our waiting rooms, allowing patients and guests to maintain a safe distance from one another.
- All HRPC employees wear masks and have their temperatures taken daily.
- No-touch hand sanitizing stations are readily available for patients and providers.
- Equipment is cleaned between each patient, and common areas are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
- All transvaginal ultrasound probes are disinfected with Trophon, a safe, high-level disinfecting technology specifically designed for probes that kills viruses. This is now the standard of care in the U.S. We are the only private practice MFM group in southern Nevada to do this and have been for several years.
- We offer telemedicine visits for applicable appointments to help lessen the number of patients and staff in the office.
- We have added medical grade HEPA filtration units to our offices to drastically reduce any droplets of viral particles. These are in all our ultrasound rooms, waiting areas and antepartum testing areas.
- We use electrostatic sprayers for enhanced cleaning of surfaces, which is what airlines and food services utilize to decrease infections. Electrostatic spraying is more effective than wiping down areas and provides better coverage.
As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we will keep you informed about best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Q: Are pregnant women more susceptible to coronavirus infection or complications of infection?
Yes, they are. Data has shown pregnant women are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease. This includes an increased risk of admission to an intensive care unit, need for ventilation, and death. Pregnant women over the age of 35, or with other medical conditions, are at even higher risk of severe illness. In addition, mothers infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy are at higher risk of preterm birth, stillbirth, fetal growth problems and other pregnancy complications.
Q: Can pregnant women pass coronavirus to their fetus or newborn?
Yes, they can. Current data suggests approximately 2% of infants born to women who test positive for COVID-19 at the time of delivery will test positive in the first 24-96 hours of life. Newborn death directly caused by mother to baby transmission of COVID-19 is extremely rare in the U.S. Patients also should know there are published reports of infants requiring hospitalization before one month of age due to severe COVID-19 infection.
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women? What about in the first trimester?
Although the first COVID-19 vaccine trials did not include pregnant women, available data shows vaccination during pregnancy has been safe and effective among the more than 158,00 women who have received a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. These data have been collected from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and the V-Safe COVID-19 vaccine pregnancy registry. Safety data show no concerns for vaccinated pregnant or breastfeeding women and their babies.
These data support that COVID-19 vaccination is as safe and effective for pregnant and lactating women as it is for non-pregnant individuals. To date, there has been no connection to any increased risk of complications after getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy.
COVID-19 vaccine is safe at any time during a pregnancy, and there should be no concerns with administration regardless of gestational age.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and other major women’s health organizations recommend COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Q: Does the COVID-19 vaccine cross the placenta?
COVID-19 vaccination can protect both the mother and the baby. The vaccine works in the muscle where the vaccine was given and does not cross the placenta. The antibodies that are formed, that provide protection against COVID-19, do cross the placenta. This is the same process that occurs with other recommended vaccines in pregnancy, such as influenza and pertussis. Vaccination during pregnancy has been proven to be very effective in protecting newborns from these diseases.
Q: Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility?
There has been no data to support the claim that the COVID-19 vaccine affects fertility, or your ability to have children in the future. None of the claims have been proven. There is no known vaccine to date that has been known to cause fertility issues in women.
Q: I have already been vaccinated, should I get the booster for COVID-19?
Currently, the CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people who previously received the Pfizer vaccine receive an additional dose. The CDC list includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Been receiving active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response
Should pregnant women be vaccinated for COVID-19?
Yes, HRPC strongly recommends all pregnant and breastfeeding women get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
Your doctor can provide you with information about the current mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommends vaccination should be offered regardless of trimester. Getting the vaccine can not only protect you from severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19, but it may also help you pass COVID-19 antibodies to your baby. In numerous studies of vaccinated moms, antibodies were found in the umbilical cord blood of babies as well as the mother’s breastmilk.
How can you limit your exposure to the virus?
The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which at this time is thought to spread mainly person-to-person. How do you do that?
- Wash your hands with soap and water – frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face
- Maintain “social distancing” between others (about six feet apart)
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)
What should you do if you’re sick?
- Stay home except to get medical care when moderately ill – avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
- If you’re around other ill persons or caring for others, wear a facemask (N95)
- Cover coughs and sneezes, wash/sanitize hands and clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces daily
- Monitor symptoms – seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
- Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other reasons
- Call 911 if you have a medical emergency
Rest assured that we at High Risk Pregnancy Center are taking this outbreak—and our resonsibility as your trusted provider—seriously. We will continue evaluating developments and taking appropriate actions to reduce exposure and keep you up-to-date.