St. Paul’s Hospital isn’t letting social-distancing get in the way of supporting breastfeeding women, and the facility’s new virtual program for expectant moms has proved so successful that if — or when — COVID-19 restrictions ease, the program will likely stay.
“In April we had to close everything down,” said Andrea Firmani, anurse clinician and breastfeeding expert with Providence Health Care’s Maternity Centre at St. Paul’s in Vancouver. Women were still having babies on-site, of course, but prenatal and postnatal support programs had to be reconfigured.
“We knew that mothers still needed these supports, perhaps even more than before,” Firmani said.
This week, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, urged care-providers to find virtual options — something St. Paul’s is already doing with its new prenatal, virtual-breastfeeding workshops.