Coronavirus guidance

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Maternity resources to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and non-English speaking women

This page contains a series of maternity resources to support BAME and non-English speaking women through pregnancy and beyond, during the Coronavirus pandemic.

As a pregnant woman from a BAME background, you may feel worried about coronavirus. Your local maternity team is still here to help you, so contact them as you would normally. They will be working together with you and providing you with extra support during this unprecedented time.

Some studies suggest that BAME pregnant woman are more likely to be admitted to hospital with coronavirus than white women, so maternity services have been asked to take extra precautions to keep you safe, which includes prioritising your care and access to services.

It is also important that you take extra steps to protect yourself and follow the advice about how to avoid getting coronavirus. If you think you have coronavirus then alert your maternity team and they will advise you about what to do next.

Remember to attend all your antenatal appointments and seek help early from your midwife or maternity team if you have any concerns about your health or your baby’s health. Get help early so you have the best chance of recovery.

Alternatively contact NHS111 or in an emergency dial 999.

I speak Gujarati | હું ગુજરાતી બોલીશ

I speak Urdu | میں اردو بولتا ہوں

I speak Punjabi | ਮੈਂ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਬੋਲਦਾ ਹਾਂ

I speak Hindi | मैं हिंदी बोलते हैं

I speak Somali | Waxaan ku hadlaa soomaali

I speak Bengali | আমি বাংলা বলি

 

I speak Slovak | Hovorím po slovensky

I speak Polish | ja mówie po polsku

 

Further resources

Pregnancy and Coronavirus support video (available in multiple languages)


Useful links 

 

Importance of vitamin D during pregnancy

All adults should consider taking 10 micrograms (400 units) of vitamin D a day to help keep bones and muscles healthy. This is important during the autumn and winter months (especially during the Coronavirus pandemic) when the sun is not strong enough for the body to make vitamin D.