LAST UPDATED 1/29 – As further developments on COVID-19 become available, we will provide updates here to keep you informed and safe. Please continue to follow our website, Facebook and Instagram social for up-to-date information. We encourage you to also follow both the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information.
As your physician providers, we understand that COVID-19 has created a frightening and totally unexpected dimension to your healthcare. Your health and wellbeing – both physical and emotional – is our ultimate goal, and to that end, we encourage you to discuss all your concerns openly with your physician. We are your advocates and are here for you. We are all in this journey together.
We ask that no spouses, companions or children accompany you to your office visit, unless previously cleared by your physician. Please call your provider’s office for any questions.
Please wear some type of face protection for the full duration of your visit. This could be a cloth mask, medical grade mask or scarf, covering both your nose and mouth.
We will continue to offer virtual visits as an alternate to in-person appointments. Like a traditional office visit, we can easily address your concerns, discuss medication needs and determine your individualized treatment plan – all from the comfort of your home. Please call your provider’s office for more information and to schedule.
We join healthcare workers and health systems across the country expressing excitement and great hope in the first wave of the COVID-19 vaccine steadily becoming available. We hope you too will hold on to this light at the end of the tunnel as we patiently wait for friends, family and neighbors -- close and far -- to safely become vaccinated.
We don't have answers to many of your questions yet. However, in our continuing efforts to provide current and evidence-based information, we want to share The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)'s recommendations on the vaccine in pregnant and breastfeeding women:
While there is no safety data at this time on the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant or breastfeeding women, there is also no data that these vaccines are contraindicated. The vaccinations have no potential for gene mutations, nor are they infectious. Conversely, high-risk pregnant women who get COVID have an increased risk of respiratory complications, especially those of Black or Hispanic backgrounds, or with pregnancies complicated by obesity or diabetes. Read more from ACOG here.
We understand most of our patients may not be able to receive the vaccine until spring or early summer 2021. Once the vaccine is more readily available, your decision to receive, regardless of pregnancy or breastfeeding, should be made based on your individual health and risk.
We will continue to keep you informed as more information is made available. Until then, please continue to mask up, wash hands, social distance and stay at home.
UPDATE 1/29: The World Health Organization (WHO) made a recent statement about withholding COVID-19 vaccines from pregnant individuals unless they are at high risk of exposure. We join ACOG and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) in that our recommendation has not changed. Together, we continue to support our pregnant and breastfeeding patients in their individualized decision to receive the vaccines. Read ACOG and SMFM's full statement here.
In an effort to keep you, your family and our greater community informed, we are monitoring the latest updates from both the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and CDC. Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states is updated every Wednesday. If you've recently traveled and have an upcoming appointment, please review ODH's latest COVID-19 travel advisory.
We also recommend continuing to follow the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines:
Thank you for your patience and consideration with all of the changes that have occurred over the past several months. Our entire staff at Avina Women’s Care is dedicated to keeping you healthy and well as we move forward during these uncertain times.