We understand that you have questions about your pregnancy and birth. Please find below the answers to your most frequently asked questions. And know that, no matter what, you are in safe hands while you are at our hospital and that all the necessary preventative measures have been taken.

FAQ

Can I still have my prenatal appointment?

Prenatal appointments will go ahead. We do ask you to keep a few additional guidelines in mind:

  • For the time being, partners/accompanying persons may only attend the 20-week ultrasound with you. We ask that you attend all other consultations on your own. In very specific cases, the gynaecologist may make an exception to this rule. In that case, you will receive an e-mail from your physician.
  • Do you feel unwell? We ask that you not come to the clinic. It is always an option to have a telephone appointment.

Can my partner attend the birth and then stay overnight?

A partner can always be at the birth, even if it is a caesarean section. The partner may also stay overnight to sleep. If it is necessary, your partner may also go home.

We ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • practice proper hand hygiene
  • maintain physical distancing
  • limit your comings and goings from the hospital
  • wear a mask (unless you are alone with your partner in the room)

May I have visitors?

Visitors to the Postpartum Ward are allowed as follows:

  • the family of the mother who has given birth (partner and children) may visit together, or
  • the partner and the mother’s close contact may visit

No one who is sick with a cold or who has a cough, fever or shortness of breath is allowed to visit.

Is it better to give birth at home than to go to the hospital?

Absolutely not - this is also not the government's recommendation (also see the article in De Standaard: 'Hospital Situation Currently Under Control' - 3/19/2020)

A team of experts has been working for weeks to take care that everything during these Corona times is safe and runs optimally. Our hospital staff has also been carefully screened, they wear masks while working and follows strict hand hygiene.

'It is a lot easier to make a hospital birth feel like home than to make a home birth safe.'

Marc Van Ranst - 3/19/2020

Will prenatal classes/information evenings still be held?

The government has asked that there be as little physical contact as possible.

In order to support future parents as best as possible, we offer a number of digital or virtual alternatives:
  • For all information regarding the Child and Family organisation, please go to their website.
  • The information evenings will not be held. You can find out a lot of information via our virtual tour.
  • Prenatal classes: we offer virtual prenatal classes given by the midwife and physical therapist. Register using the calendar. The April class series is full. Would you like to be added to the waiting list? Call the secretariat (during office hours).