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LAUNCH OF FAQS TO GUIDE PUBLIC ON PREGNANCY AND BIRTH DURING COVID-19
3 DEC 2020
The Academy of Medicine Singapore, College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Singapore, and Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Singapore today announced the launch of a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the public on pregnancy and birth in women during COVID-19.
Called ‘Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Pregnancy & COVID-19’, this is part of the efforts to support Singaporeans in their parenthood plans during the COVID-19 period. The FAQs help to address the concerns by couples and reassure them that they can still have a safe pregnancy and delivery during this period.
“COVID-19 has profoundly marked our lives but it has also made us realise how important many things we take for granted are, such as family and health. As a result, many couples have experienced uncertainty, even fear, with regard to a completely normal issue such as having a family.
“Based on the evidence locally and internationally, the Academy of Medicine, Singapore together with the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Singapore and Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Singapore have consolidated this FAQs so that women and their partners can make an informed decision on how to have a safe and healthy pregnancy in these unprecedented times,” said Associate Professor Yong Tze Tein, President of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Singapore.
Areas covered in the FAQs include: COVID-19’s impact on pregnancy and the unborn child; safety of healthcare facilities; COVID-19’s impact on antenatal care; COVID-19’s impact on the birthing process; COVID-19’s impact on postnatal care and COVID-19’s impact on fertility treatment.
“Since fertility declines with age, delaying the decision to start a family could mean that it is more difficult to become pregnant at a later date. For most women, the benefits of trying to conceive when you are younger outweigh the risks of contracting COVID-19 in Singapore, as the number of cases in the community is extremely low.
“With the use of contact tracing measures such as TraceTogether and SafeEntry, as well as strict screening and preventive measures in the hospitals and clinics, we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk to patients attending for fertility treatment and antenatal visits,” said Dr Lim Min Yu, Vice-President of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Singapore.
Members of the workgroup involved in developing the FAQs comprise specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology from both the public and private sectors.
Our theme for the 2020 congress is “Transforming Women’s Health”. An exhilarating and high impact scientific program with local and international experts in their respective subspecialties, including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Benign Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine, Gynaecological Oncology and Medico-Legal Arena has been specially and elaborately prepared to satisfy the voracious appetite of our delegates in achieving the highest standard of care for their patients. We welcome OBGYN specialists, allied health, nurses, trainee doctors, residents, and budding medical students to this congress as there is a wide repertoire of subjects and meaningful discussions tailored for each interest. The congress aims to allow participants to present, interact and exchange knowledge, so that we are “Transforming Women’s Health” for better prediction, prevention and treatment of women’s health problems across the globe.
SICOG 2020 has been postponed to third-quarter 2021
RCOG Vice Chairman, Dr Lim Min Yu (L) & RCOG Organising Chairman, A/Prof Lim Yong Kuei (R) receiving the Singapore Tourism Awards 2019 for Best Association Conference Organiser on behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Singapore on 9 May 2019.