OU Hospital Sees Uptick In Expecting Moms Opting Out Of COVID-19 Test Before Delivery

Wednesday, July 1st 2020, 5:52 pm
By: Erica Rankin

Doctors at OU Children’s Hospital said they have seen an increase in mothers checking in to deliver their babies declining to be tested for COVID-19.

Health professionals said this uptick is most likely due to circulating social media posts saying if they refused they might get to have visitors, or might get to have more skin on skin contact with their baby that they think they won’t get if they find out they have COVID.

But doctors at OU Children’s Hospital want mothers to know that the test is to help them decide what is the best treatment plan for the mom and baby.

“If the mom is not tested and baby is showing some concerning symptoms or has to come to the NICU we would have to test the baby for COVID even though it is rare it can occur,” said Dr. Patricia Williams.

Doctors said the mother will still be able to have contact with her baby, but she may need to wear a mask to keep the virus from spreading.