Pregnancy & Childbirth
Expecting? Discover expert care at Oakdale ObGyn for pregnancy, labor and delivery at Maple Grove Hospital, and after baby care. Telemedicine appointments are available now.
Welcoming your baby into the world is remarkable and we’re lucky to be part of your experience. From pre-pregnancy planning and delivery to after-baby care, our team is committed to keeping you and your baby healthy.
Telemedicine Appointments for Prenatal Care
During this pandemic, pregnant women who have no medical concerns, whose babies are healthy, and who have no prior pregnancy complications are considered low-risk and may follow a modified prenatal schedule that blends telemedicine and in-clinic appointments to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19. Review our modified schedule here. Call 763-587-7000 with any questions.
Our team still includes everyone you’d want to have be part of you and your baby’s experience: board-certified, award-winning ObGyn doctors, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, a registered dietician and an ObGyn physical therapist.
We deliver more babies at Maple Grove Hospital than any other practice and our multidisciplinary team has expertise in routine and high-risk pregnancies. We are one of the areas only medical clinics that offers vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) services.
COVID-19 Updates for Pregnant Women
- Starting Monday, Jan. 25, one healthy adult visitor is allowed to join you at your clinic appointment. Please continue to follow our COVID policies: you and your visitor must wear a mask to the appointment and keep it on for the duration of the appointment. Social distance in common areas, wash your hands before your appointment, and if you’re sick, please reschedule. Doing so continues to assure the safety of you, other patients, our providers and staff.
- If you’re pregnant and wondering if you should get a COVID vaccine, review this decision aid and then talk to your doctor or midwife.
- If you are scheduled for a C-section delivery at Maple Grove Hospital, pre-op COVID-19 testing will be completed 48-96 hours prior to the procedure. Our surgery schedulers will assist you with coordinating your testing clinic locations that will meet the time limit requirements for receiving results. All COVID-19 testing needs to be done after you have passed your pre-op history and physical exam.
- Maple Grove Hospital permits certain patients to have one healthy, masked visitor (updated November 17); this includes the Family Birth Center. In addition, one trained, masked doula is permitted for support during labor and delivery. Additional COVID-19 information is available on the hospital website.
- Following the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines and statewide mask mandate, Oakdale OBGYN requires all patients and visitors to wear a mask to clinic appointments and leave it on for the duration of their visit (children are not allowed to attend appointments). Masks will be provided to anybody who does not have one. Please talk to your provider if you’re unable to wear a mask. Learn more.
COVID-19 Questions & Answers for Expecting Mothers
What is research showing?
Research is continuing all over the world, but there is much we still do not know. And as new information emerges, guidelines can change, so it’s important to stay updated from credible sources. Particularly, there is a critical need for further data, analysis, and peer-reviewed literature on COVID-19 infection during pregnancy.
Here are some of the latest COVID-19 research studies related to pregnancy:
In June 2020, the CDC reported pregnant women may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared with non-pregnant women. Current data demonstrates that pregnant women have an increased risk of needing Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission and mechanical ventilation during COVID illness.
Emerging data show higher roles of COVID-19 infection in some communities of color, especially in Black, Latinx and Native American people.
A study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, on July 23, 2020, states that it is unlikely for perinatal transmission of COVID-19 to occur from mother to baby when correct hygiene measures are consistently used. In view of the findings and the benefits of early bonding and breast feeding, the study says rooming and direct breastfeeding are safe and should be allowed but must be paired with effective postnatal education about how to protect the baby, including wearing a face mask and frequent hand hygiene.
Are there special pregnancy considerations?
COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently, data and information are limited about the impact of underlying medical conditions and whether they increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. But according to the CDC, people during pregnancy experience immunologic and physiologic changes that could increase their risk for more severe illness from respiratory infections such as COVID-19.
If you are pregnant, keep your prenatal appointments and consistently follow the current advice to protect yourself. In particular, you should consider your level of risk before going out in public. If you cannot maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet, it’s best not to go.
If appropriate, use telehealth to decrease the number of visits outside your home. And if you use any medications, try to keep a 30-day supply on hand.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions; your health care provider will do their best to help you. If you don’t get an answer, or don’t understand the information provided, be persistent. Keep researching and asking until you do.
For those who are pregnant and positive for COVID-19, there may be on increased risk of negative pregnancy outcomes, including but not limited to preterm birth. And pregnant women with an additional condition (known as a co-morbidity), such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or others, may be of increased risk for severe illness compared with people in the general population with similar conditions.
Source: Customized Communications, Inc.
Related: Breastfeeding and COVID-19
See our COVID-19 updates for information about precautions we are taking at our clinics.
Common Questions about Pregnancy and Pregnancy Care
Wondering about airplane travel during pregnancy? Which medications are safe for allergies and nausea? Gestational diabetes advice and diet recommendations? Our website is a great resource for new moms! Read some pregnancy-related questions our team frequently hears.