UPDATED Dec 23, 2021

Please note the visitor policy change at PRHC: Labour and delivery patients will be permitted ONE (1) support person (see FAQ).

Please note that we continue to take extra precautions for your safety.  With the upcoming lockdown, we will notify you of any major changes to appointments.  Please continue to check our instagram page for the most up to date information. 

DO NOT come to your appointment if:

  1. A doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home).

  2. You have you been been identified as a "close contact" of someone who currently has COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

  3. You have you have received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone in the last 14 days (and have not been tested or waiting for your results).

  4. You you or anyone you live with traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

  5. You live with anyone currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.

DO NOT come to your appointment prior to talking to our staff if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8 deg C/100.4 deg F or higher) or Chills

  • Cough or barking cough (croup)

  • Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breath deeply)

  • Sore throat 

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste

  • Runny or stuffy / congested nose

  • Headache

  • Nausea /vomiting, diarrhea

  • Muscle aches

  • Extreme tiredness

  • Pink eye 

  • Stomach pain

  • Falling down often (for older adults)

You can book an appointment at the COVID-19 drive-through testing site or call the PRHC COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 705-876-5086 for test information.


If you have symptoms and need to be seen urgently (bleeding, leaking fluid or are having contractions/severe pain), go to Labour and Delivery 705.876.5036.


Am I at higher risk for COVID-19 because I am pregnant?

From SOGC Statement Regarding COVID-19 in pregnant women (April 2021): "Pregnant women who have COVID-19 appear more likely to develop respiratory complications requiring intensive care than women who aren't pregnant. Providing ventilator support in pregnancy is more challenging, and the risks are greater to both mother and child. Pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to have a premature birth and caesarean delivery, and their babies are more likely to be admitted to a neonatal unit"

Can I to bring a support person to PIPC or to L&D during COVID-19?

At this time, we are doing our best to enforce social distancing and ask that you come alone to your PIPC appointments. Your support person is more than welcome to call in by phone or facetime. You are allowed ONE (1) support person with you at L&D, however any visitors with COVID-19 symptoms risk factors SHOULD NOT visit the hospital or the baby. Support persons are not permitted to switch out during the same day. They can attend simultaneously. NICU patients will be permitted ONE (1) designated essential family member/support persons. One person can visit at a time.

What are virtual appointments?

PIPC is keeping up to date on the changing COVID-19 situation and we are doing everything that we can to support your health.​ To help maintain social distancing we are conducting the first prenatal appointment by phone or by video. Most appointments with social work, dietician or prenatally with a lactation consultant are virtual. We understand there are limitations to virutal appointments. If you have not already done so, please take a look at the Consent for Virtual Appointments. Please note that phone calls from our physicians and staff working from home will come up as Private or Blocked. Check your phone settings to make sure it is not set to "silence blocked callers"

Can I breastfeed if I have or had COVID-19?

Yes! Breastfeeding is still recommended. Breastfed babies in general are less likely to be sick from common infections. It is also imporant to continue practicing social isolating, frequent handwashing and to take care of yourself as well. If possible, you should wear a mask during breastfeeding if you are sick. COVID-19 Infant Feeding Resources: Breastfeeding Your Baby During COVID-19 (Dr. Kate Miller)
Bottlefeeding Your Baby During COVID-19 (Dr. Kate Miller)

What should I expect at my appointments at PIPC during COVID-19?

We have implemented several changes in the clinic including expanding disinfection practices and offering virtual appointments at the initial prenatal visit and appointments with any of the allied health (social work, prenatal lactation, dietician).

  • We will do a screening call the day prior to your appointment and to inform you of any major changes to the clinic. You may also do the pre-appointment screening questions on our website the day prior to your appointment.
  • Please wash your hand as soon as you come in the clinic.
  • Please wear a medical mask to your appointment. If you do not have one, we will give you one when you arrive.
  • Please come on your own at for your appointments, however, your support person may call or facetime during your appointment if you would like them to. At this time, you may have one support person only after you have your baby during your baby appointments. You may bring your newborn to your 6 week postpartum visit.

As we continue to actively montior the spread of COVID-19, you may receive instructions in the weeks to come about different office hours, booking practices, or appointment intervals.

What should I bring to the hospital for labour during COVID-19?

  1. Food and snacks
    • You will receive food trays for 3 meals a day, however if you have any food preference feel free to bring your own snacks.
    • The cafeteria and Tim Hortons are open (pick up options only) but the preference is for you to pack your own food.
    • Your support person will not be recieving hospital provided meals. They are required to stay with you during your stay so we recommend they pack enough food/snacks for your stay (1-3days on average).
    • Feel free to bring a cooler. We have an ice machine if needed.
    • You will not have access to a microwave or fridge.
  2. Carseat (optional)
    • You can leave your car seat in the car until the time of discharge where your support person can go retrieve it for you.
    • If you do not need a car seat (ie. no vehicle) or do not want to bring it up you can be wheeled down to the main entrance with your baby on discharge.⁣⁣⁣
  3. Hospital Bag
    • Healthcard, phone, phone charger
    • Toiletries (soap shampoo, toothbrush, toiletries, hair elastics, maxi pads, diapers)
    • Clothes (slippers or sandals, robe and/or pyjamas if you want, one or two newborn outfits, ⁣something to wear home)
    • Other items to consider packing: Nursing bra (you can go braless or wear a flexible bra you can pull down), nursing pads, camera⁣ or pillow.⁣

How can I to keep safe during COVID-19?

Social distancing and hand washing are the most effective ways to keep safe during COVID-19. Handwashing Facts:

  • Soap dissolves the the fatty layer that coats the virus.
  • Antibacterial soap is not any better than regular soap
  • Soap-free cleaners won’t work (ie. don’t use your gentle facial cleanser to wash your hands).
  • Handwashing must be vigorous and last at least 20 seconds. Vigorously rub and then rinse under running water. The temperature of the water does not seem to matter. ⁣
  • Alcohol rubs work too just make sure they contain at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Make sure to rub it into all the crooks and crevices
  • Consider keeping your nails trimmed⁣

How do I protect my baby from COVID-19?

This is all new and changing quickly so we don’t know a lot about babies and coronavirus. In
general pregnant and postpartum women and young children don’t seem to be a higher risk of severe disease. Newborns might be different though and there is some evidence that they are more likely to get seriously sick. Think about it – this kid just learned to breathe a couple of days ago so something that hits the lungs is going to be hard. Their noses are tiny so if they get clogged it makes feeding really difficult. The smartest thing to do is protect your precious new family member as best you can - Dr. Kate Miller.
Protecting Your Baby From COVID-19

Should I receive the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant?

The choice to be vaccinated in pregnancy and while breastfeeding is ultimately up to you. It is very important that you make an informed decision based on accurate information. ⁣ ⁣ The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) have put out a statement that the risk of illness from COVID-19 outweigh the theoretical and underscribed risk of being vaccinated during pregnancy. ⁣ ⁣ The vaccine was not tested on pregnant people. These trials are already underway. There are women who were found to be pregnant during the initial trials and so far no adverse events have been reported. If you are considering the vaccine or have any questions about receiving it, please make sure to have a conversation with one of our physicians if not you have not already done so.

How do I book a COVID-19 vaccine for myself?

You can check your eligibility online to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine at If you are pregnant, call 1-833-943-3900 to book your appointment with the Peterborough Public Health Unit. Phone line is open seven days a week 8am-8pm249-494-5631. Pregnancy falls under the category of highest risk health conditions. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the use of all available COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada in any trimester of pregnancy and during breastfeeding.