These guidelines provide guidance to healthcare workers and managers for the management and treatment of pregnant women and their newborn babies, and children in the context of COVID-19. They should be read in conjunction with the current Maternal and Neonatal Health Guidelines and the Guidelines for Clinical Management of Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 disease.
These guidelines are based on a combination of available evidence and expert opinion. This is an evolving situation and these guidelines are a living document that may be updated if or when new information becomes available. Furthermore, this document is split into Section A for maternal guidance and Section B for neonatal and child health. This is done to assist in in locating relevant information quickly; however it is important to remember that care should always focus on the mother-baby pair as a unit.
These guidelines are likely to change as knowledge regarding strategies to address COVID-19 develop globally and in South Africa. The guidelines will be updated regularly based on emerging evidence and WHO recommendations.