Children's Hospital Colorado


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

We continue to evaluate and adjust operations to ensure the safety of our patients and families, team members and community throughout the pandemic. Our fetal care center remains open and ready provide the same high-quality services that are our standard of care. Please see our frequently asked questions for additional information.

We welcome referrals during this time. If you’re a provider who would like to refer a patient, please call 855-413-3825.

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Fetal Care, Labor and Delivery During COVID-19

The current coronavirus pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of normal life. What hasn’t changed is the need for high-quality labor and delivery services for moms and babies. Whether your pregnancy is considered routine or higher risk, we understand how stressful this situation has been for expecting mothers and their families. And we’re here to help.

At the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, we’re prepared to accept patients for labor and delivery. Our highly specialized team has delivered hundreds of babies with rare and serious health conditions. We have the facilities, expertise and experience to handle challenges during normal times – and now.

Our top priority is keeping you and your baby safe. Please expand the windows below to learn what to expect during your delivery at our fetal care center.

FAQs for new patients and families

If you’re new to the Colorado Fetal Care Center, you probably have many questions. We’ve answered the most common questions below. Don’t hesitate to call 855-413-3825 or reach out to our nurse coordinators if you need assistance.

We’re taking this situation seriously and have enacted multiple measures to keep patients, families, team members and our community safe. This has included adjusting our visitation policies and enhancing cleaning and sanitizing procedures in all areas of the hospital. Additionally, all patients, visitors, providers and team members who come to Children’s Colorado receive screening before they can enter the hospital, including at the Colorado Fetal Care Center entrance.

Our clinical team members are wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE), and all team members in non-clinical areas, family members and visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings while visiting our facilities.

Learn even more about our patient safety protocols during COVID-19.

Yes, our Center remains open and is fully operational. We’re still serving patients and families throughout this time and have special measures in place to keep patients, visitors and team members safe. For in-person appointments, please note that only one person may accompany you.

To schedule an appointment with our team, please call 855-413-3825. We’ll confirm all the details with you and provide directions to our separate entrance at Children’s Colorado.

Take a look inside our fetal care center before your visit.

Parking is available 24/7 in the Lot 10 parking garage just east of the main entrance to Children’s Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Take your parking slip with you. Parking is free; the team member at the Colorado Fetal Care Center information desk will validate your ticket.

Get directions to the Colorado Fetal Care Center. 

The Colorado Fetal Care Center has a separate entrance on the east side of the hospital. When you enter, you will receive screening for symptoms of COVID-19. Then, take the elevator to the 4th floor where a team member will greet you.

FAQs about your visit

It’s more than likely that many aspects of your original birth plan have had to change. We’re here to help you through this challenging time as you wait to meet your baby.

We’ve compiled the following FAQs to help you plan and anticipate the days ahead. If you still have questions after reading these answers, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Our care coordinators will reach out to you directly if your scheduled appointments change in any way.

Yes. Fetal surgeries are considered essential and are taking place as planned. Out of an abundance of caution, we will schedule a COVID-19 test for you before your procedure.

For your safety during this time, visitors are limited. You should designate one support person to stay with you before, during and after delivery.

Yes. Children’s Colorado is testing all hospitalized patients, fetal surgery patients and patients prior to delivery for COVID-19 using our in-house laboratory.

We will test you for COVID-19 before your delivery. We’ll explain everything to you throughout your time with us and will be happy to answer any questions.

One healthy adult will be permitted to be with you throughout your stay. Your visitor will remain in your room with you. Waiting areas have been closed out of an abundance of caution and to protect all patients, visitors and team members.

If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, your care team will explain the most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC and take the safest course of action to protect you.

Our primary concern for new moms with COVID-19 is that you could pass the virus to your child through respiratory droplets. We will take all possible precautions until the risk of passing COVID-19 to your child is over.

Critical precautions include washing your hands before touching your baby and wearing a face mask. Additional steps to prevent potential transmission include:

  • Keeping you and your baby 6 feet apart
  • Placing a curtain between you and your baby
  • Designating a healthy caregiver to diaper, feed and comfort your baby

We understand these precautions may be distressing, especially as new parents. Our team members will do what they can to normalize your experience while keeping you and your infant safe.

If your COVID-19 test before birth was negative, we will not test your baby at birth.

For mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, we will test your newborn after delivery.

Pregnancy and birth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pregnant moms and their family members should be diligent about social distancing. By staying home and away from crowds, you’re protecting yourself and your baby from potential exposure to the coronavirus. Reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) guidelines for pregnant people during the COVID-19 pandemic for complete and current recommendations.

Beginning in late April, reports of a new inflammatory syndrome in children potentially linked to COVID-19 began to emerge. This syndrome has been named multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C. We understand that news reports about MIS-C are concerning to parents and expecting parents alike. Our pediatric experts in infectious disease, cardiology, rheumatology, critical care and maternal-fetal medicine are closely monitoring the situation.

Generally, the vast majority of children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have experienced relatively mild symptoms and disease. This inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with the coronavirus is very rare, and parents should not panic. 

As of May 21, MIS-C has primarily been reported in children ages 1 to 20, primarily in the 5 to 15 year age range. Currently, there is little evidence to suggest that MIS-C is a threat to newborns and infants.

Scientists and physicians across the globe – including experts here at Children's Colorado – are working hard to understand this inflammatory syndrome and how best to treat it. Learn what our experts know about MIS-C and the coronavirus.

Breastfeeding during the pandemic

It is not necessary to switch to formula if you have COVID-19.

There is much we have yet to learn about COVID-19 and breastfeeding; however, both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that mothers continue to breastfeed during this time. Breastmilk provides vital antibodies to your baby, which helps protect them against all types of infections.

The biggest concern with COVID-19 is that you could pass the infection to your baby through respiratory droplets. We recommend that new mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 take the following precautions:

  • Be sure to wash your hands and clean and disinfect your home frequently.
  • Continue to plan to breastfeed your baby based on their hunger and feeding cues.
  • Prior to each breastfeeding session, wash your hands, put on a face mask (new, if possible) and then put your baby to breast.
  • After feeding, give your baby to a healthy caregiver or place them safely in their crib, keeping your baby greater than 6 feet away from you.
  • If you are temporarily separated from your newborn and you want to breastfeed, your providers can help you use a breast pump to express your breast milk. Wash your hands thoroughly and wear a face mask before using the pump. A healthy caregiver can feed the breast milk to your baby.
  • If you’re using a manual or electric breast pump, wash your hands before touching the pump or bottle parts and follow recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use (below).

We recommend taking a few additional precautions when cleaning your breast pump during the coronavirus pandemic. Perform the following steps to clean your pump between uses:

  • Before use, wipe the outside of the pump with a germ-killing wipe.
  • Wash the pump immediately after pumping using warm water and soap.
  • Sanitize your pump kit (without the tubing, which will melt) at least once per day using the one of the following methods:
    • Microwave steam bag (good for 20 uses)
    • By boiling it in a pot of water on the stove for 10 minutes

Get additional coronavirus resources for families, all in one place.

This information is based on CDC recommendations and what is currently known about COVID-19 and the transmission of other viral respiratory infections. Due to the shifting nature of the coronavirus pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all rules and guidelines set by state and local public health and safety authorities. Reference the CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for immediate updates on COVID-19. This content was updated on May 21, 2020.

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