April 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is bringing added stress and anxiety for expectant mothers.

The Kansas City Star talked to several mothers-to-be about their concerns and questions and went to experts around the metro to learn more.

Dr. Kristen Wootton, medical director of the Women’s & Children’s Division for Saint Luke’s Health System, explained what Saint Luke's is doing to keep mothers and their babies healthy physically and emotionally.

One change, in particular, is the implementation of virtual visits for mothers-to-be when appropriate.

"A lot of our visits, when possible, are being done virtually so we can touch base and identify if there’s a need to see someone in person, then obviously addressing that need as necessary and continuing to keep people safe,” Dr. Wootton said.

Other changes include limiting visitors to one support person, screeing all patients and visitors, online classes, asking patients to wear masks when possible, and following all CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of all patients, visitors, and employees.

Read the full Kansas City Star article: Pregnant in a Pandemic

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Kristen M Wootton, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology