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From midnight of November 25th to November 26th a state of emergency applies in the Czech Republic for a period of 30 days.

Pregnancy and childbirth

Rules and recommendations

If a pregnant woman has met with a COVID-19 positive person or she displays symptoms of the COVID-19, the general rules apply to her (Illness and regulations). Inform your doctor, who will best advise you on the next steps to take. Do not visit your general practitioner or gynaecologist without prior telephone consultation.

For pregnant women who haven't been in contact with anyone positive and don't display any symptoms, nothing changes. Despite this, follow all hygienic regulations.

Pregnant women who have tested positive for the COVID-19 can give birth in a maternal hospital. It is necessary to inform the doctors and follow all hygienic measures. It is also important to pay extra attention to the hygienic rules to prevent the infection of hospital staff.

If a pregnant woman is in quarantine or isolation and she needs to visit the maternity hospital (to give birth or for a necessary check-up) she should arrive in her own vehicle. You can also call 112 (emergency services) and have an ambulance take her to the hospital if no one else is available. Inform the medics about quarantine or isolation in advance and upon arrival. Please also wear a face mask or a respirator.

In general, hospital visits are allowed again.

This also applies to presence during childbirth, however, the visitor(s) has/have in both cases to prove either

  • having undergone a PCR test carried out by a medical professional not longer than 72 hours prior to the visit with a negative result
  • having undergone a RAT (rapid antigene) test carried out by a medical professional not longer than 24 hours prior to the visit with a negative result, 
  • having survived a COVID-19 infection not longer than 180 days prior to the visit, or
  • having got vaccinated, provided the last dose (i.e., in case of a two-dose vaccination scheme, the second one, in case of a single-dose vaccination scheme, the first one) has been administered at least 14 days prior to the visit.

The person(s) has/have to wear at least a FFP2/KN95 respirator without exhalation valve the whole time.

Care for the mother and the baby during and after birth will not go through any significant changes. It is necessary to follow all hygienic measures. Medical facilities are facing a challenging time, but maternity care and care for newborns is secured. There is nothing to be afraid of. Please inform your doctors about anything related to the coronavirus spread so they can take preventative measures and ensure the safety of the medical workers, pregnant women, their visitors and other patients in the hospital. The birth of your baby will be a joyful occasion and a safe one as well.

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Frequent questions about this topic

How should I know when am I supposed to let myself test - not knowing when my partner will give birth? May I rather test myself?
Can I breastfeed if I have the coronavirus?
Can I give birth in a maternity hospital if I have the coronavirus?
Can the virus be transmitted from a pregnant mother to the baby she is carrying?
Does a woman infected with the coronavirus have to give birth by caesarean section?
Is the treatment for pregnant coronavirus patients different?
Can pregnant women receive antiviral medication?
How can I prevent getting infected?