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Dr. Bruce Pierce Interviews Dr. Robert Debbs about Covid-19 and Pregnancy

Dr. Bruce Pierce Interviews Dr. Robert Debbs about Covid-19 and Pregnancy

At Delaware Valley OBGYN, we continue to care for our obstetrical and midwifery patients during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Like everyone else, if you are pregnant or considering pregnancy in the near future, you probably want to learn more about how the coronavirus affects pregnant women and their babies.

We encourage you to listen to one of our obstetricians, Dr. Bruce Pierce, as he interviews Dr. Robert Debbs about Covid-19 and pregnancy on his popular Women’s Health Care Podcast. Dr. Debbs is the medical director of the maternal fetal medicine division at Penn Medicine Princeton Health and a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He shares his insights about we know and do not know about pregnancy in the time of the pandemic. You may find much of it actually reassuring.

Here are some of the questions they discussed:

  • Is it safe to have my baby at the hospital?
  • Am I at higher risk for getting sick with Covid-19 if I am pregnant?
  • Is my baby at higher risk during the pandemic?
  • How is the pandemic going to change my prenatal care and my childbirth?

 

LISTEN TO PODCAST

Dr. Pierce’s Women’s Health Podcast has episodes on a number of topics in that you may want to listen to as well. You can find his other podcasts here.

As always, our OBGYNs, midwives and fertility specialists remain available to address your concerns by phone and through our web portal.

Now Offering TeleHealth Visits

Lawrence NJ OBGYN offers remote visits

Your safety during the Coronavirus crisis is our utmost concern. In order to keep you and your loved ones safe, our OBGYN doctors, midwives and fertility specialist are now live offering TeleHealth virtual visits.

Here’s how you can get started:

Telehealth appointments are made by phone. Call us during business hours at 609-896-0777 to schedule your virtual visit.

Your can also click here to send us your request online and will be back to you shortly.

You will receive an appointment confirmation by email and/or text shortly from Otto health after your appointment is scheduled. Please click on the links to make sure your device including the speaker and microphone are working properly.
You will get another email and/or text just before the appointment. Please complete the intake questions and intake forms so you will be allowed into the visit. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to be sure you are ready.

Click Join Visit and you will be connected with your doctor or midwife shortly.

A couple of tips to make your virtual visit a success,

  1. Be sure to confirm your appointment, test your device and login in for your appointment well in advance.
  2. Use the right browser: Iphone (safari), Android phone (chrome), Computer (chrome, safari or firefox). Internet explorer and microsoft edge will not work.
  3. Make sure your wifi or cellular signal is strong and secure.

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As you almost certainly are aware, the coronavirus has reached us here in central New Jersey. New infections are on the rise and we expect our local hospitals in the Princeton area to soon become filled to capacity or beyond. The most important thing you can is to stay home, follow social distancing guidelines, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. You should assume that you and those around you may already be infectious.

What has changed at the office?

Our top priority is your safety and the safety of our staff members. Please do not show up at our office if you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fevers or a cough, or have been exposed to others known to have the coronavirus. You will be screened at the front door when you show up and will turned away if you have signs or symptoms of this infection. Neither your spouse nor anyone else may join you at your visit. You can always reach our doctors and midwives by phone and the web portal (for non-urgent questions only).
Our professional societies and recent government orders have required us to cancel all non-urgent office visits and procedures. That means we have cancelled all non-emergency gynecologic visits and all fertility procedures. This will continue until the ban is lifted.
We will continue to see obstetrical patients on a limited basis with appointments spread out to ensure proper social distancing.

What about Telemedicine?

In order to continue providing care for our patients and limiting everyone’s exposure to COVID-19, we will begin to offer remote video “virtual visits.” We are finalizing the arrangements and hope to be live within the next days. We will offer pregnancy visits and gynecologic visits with our OBGYNs, as well as fertility consults with Dr. Derman.

What can I expect at the hospital?

The hospitals are the epicenters of the coronavirus crisis, and you can expect extreme precautions when you show up. You may bring one person with you and they cannot leave and return. If they have signs or symptoms of the infection, they will be turned away. Women who are not registered to deliver with us or another PMPH group or clinic will not be allowed to bring a support person.  Your doctor, midwife and nurses will be wearing extensive personal protective equipment. Although this may not be how you envisioned the birth of your child, this is absolutely necessary for your (and your baby’s) health and safety, and for those caring for you.

If I get coronavirus, is it a real danger to me or my baby?

This is a serious infection, and although pregnant women are considered a high risk group, it is not 100% clear that pregnant women are at particularly high risk. It is also very unusual for newborns to become sick even they are infected. Right now, we are not particularly concerned for pregnant women, but this is a new disease, and that could change.

Will you test me for coronavirus?

No. This is not normally within the parameters of an OBGYN practice.If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and your think you are a candidate for testing, you should reach out to your primary care doctor or call the emergency room to determine if testing or a trip to the emergency room is appropriate. If you are short of breath, you should go directly to the emergency room.

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TELEHEALTH Now Available

Your safety during the Coronavirus crisis is our utmost concern.

In order to keep you and your loved ones safe, our OBGYN doctors, midwives and fertility specialist are now live offering TeleHealth virtual visits!

You can conference with us by video and discuss current problems or get advice about future treatment. Have any referral slips and insurance info handy and click the link below: