*Our midwives have helped 689 babies into the world since 2008*
Updates and Resources for COVID-19
The Juneau Family Birth Center is staying current with the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and in response we are taking precautionary efforts in our clinic to minimize exposure to our staff and the families we serve. Please take a moment to become familiar with these precautions, as it is ultimately an individual responsibility to protect our families and the greater community.
If you or a member in your household develops a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing:
Do not come to the clinic for your scheduled appointment. We encourage clients to follow Public Health and CDC guidelines and stay home. Our midwives are happy to check-in over the phone and reschedule for a later time. Our clinic is utilizing CDC travel and symptom question guidelines to direct clients to either stay home, come in for care or refer to other facilities for testing or urgent / emergency care.
Call your primary healthcare provider (i.e. physician or medical doctor) for medical advice before seeking care. Contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk.
Precautions we are taking at the Juneau Family Birth Center:
We continue to maintain our daily cleaning and disinfection schedule with increased cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects throughout the day.
Care providers and staff members continue to practice personal hygiene efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other coronaviruses and influenza.
We will continue appropriate screenings of clients to minimize unnecessary exposures.
Toys will be removed from community spaces and clinic rooms throughout the facility.
Ways to help protect yourself and your family: immune system support.
Stay well-hydrated.Get creative, think herbal teas, electrolytes and bone broth. Eat a healthy diet.Include foods such as garlic and ginger into your daily diet. Yellow and orange vegetables such as winter squash and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A which helps to keep the respiratory passage tissue healthy and optimize its immune functions. Probiotics such as fermented foods have tremendous immune-boosting powers. Avoid simple sugars and processed food. Get adequate sleep. Minimize stress.Emotional stress creates physiological stress in our bodies that lowers our immune defenses and makes us more vulnerable to illness. Herbal medicines and supplementssafe for use in pregnancy: Elderberry syrup (2 tablespoons daily), Zinc (20-40 mg daily), Echinacea (5 ml of the liquid extract/tincture twice daily), Vitamin C (1-3,000 mg daily).
We know this is an uncertain time and many are feeling a range of emotions. Our goal remains the same: to provide you with friendly, accessible, evidence based information so that you can make informed decisions. Please see the links to resources provided below.
In regards to evidence regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy, you'll notice that a lot of the answers start with "We do not know..." It is an unfortunate reality that very little research has been published on pregnancy, birth, and COVID-19. Due to the emerging nature of the situation, we anticipate more research will arise in the coming weeks.
The research team at Evidence Based Birth® are continually monitoring the changing CVID-19 situation and examining the best available resources. They have created a COVID-19 resource & pregnancy page that will include links to the most important websites, archives of our newsletters, and any other info we think you might find useful. You can access that page here.
Our board and staff had the opportunity to meet this February to take a look at the Juneau Family Birth Center as a whole and to evaluate many component parts, including our mission statement, goals and accomplishments, areas of improvement, and our hopes for the coming years. Throughout this two day process, we identified many things we are very proud of, including stellar midwifery care, strong relationships with collaborating physicians, and our longevity as an organization.