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Caring for Our Community During COVID-19: How Perinatal/Lactation Workers Can Protect Themselves, Their Clients, and Their Business

by Laurel A. Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: Webinar

As the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 begins to take hold of our international communities, perinatal workers have specific concerns. How will birth professionals, childbirth and parenting educators, lactation support professionals, and consultants handle this developing crisis? There are many aspects to consider: keeping oneself and family safe, keeping your clients/families educated, how to provide services safely, and how to protect your business as much as possible during a crisis. This presentation will briefly review the basics of what is known about COVID-19, pregnant people and babies and what your clients can anticipate in the event of an infection pre-birth or during the postpartum period. We will review some business practicalities for perinatal professionals, such as effective communication with your clients, screening your clients for COVID-19, protecting yourself during home visits and support groups, alternatives for providing privacy protected care and services when in-person care/support is not recommended or allowed, and so much more. This presentation will have a United States centric bias. However, the presenter will do her best to obtain as much data as possible from other international sources. If you have specific questions that you would like the presenter to cover during this session, please submit them to [email protected] prior to the session, or join the Q&A session after the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: List at least one trusted reference to use for accurate and current healthcare information regarding COVID- 19 and pregnancy and lactation

Objective 2: Identify 2 things to implement right away to protect your perinatal business during the current COVID-19 outbreak

Objective 3: List two ways a perinatal professional can provide privacy protected services in a virtual way to support the pregnant and/or lactating family.