Diablo Valley Perinatal Associates has taken extra precautions during the COVID pandemic to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff. Now that vaccines have been available to the general population and prioritized for pregnant women for the past two months, we are please to announce we will allow one masked adult, support companion to accompany each woman to her appointment – effective June 1, 2021.
We still require masking of all patients and their support companion throughout the entire appointment.
In the event you have a COVID test pending because of a high risk exposure or have had symptoms that warrant testing – please let us know so we can reschedule your appointment
You can also help us minimize your time in our office by completing our registration paperwork before arriving at your appointment.
Our understanding of COVID-19 changes on a regular basis and too often information about COVID-19 is misrepresented on the internet by one political party/news outlet or the other. What we do know about COVID in pregnancy is that pregnant women, when infected with COVID-19 have an increased risk of hospitalization and symptoms that are worse than if they were not pregnant. Therefore, we recommend pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you elect to not get vaccinated, continued social distancing, mask wearing and avoidance of crowded indoor settings should continue to be practiced.
A Perinatologist’s Perspective:
It is unfortunate the world pandemic has been turned into a political issue. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is real and potentially deadly to a subset of our population – primarily the elderly and those people with preexisting medical conditions. Unfortunately, many people may not know they have a medical condition such as hypertension or type 2 diabetes until they become pregnant – unknowingly putting them at risk for an adverse outcome from a COVID-19 infection. Let’s all do our part – be safe, wash your hands, wear a mask and practice social distancing.