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Newborns, Visitors and COVID-19: When can I hold your baby?

By: Jocelyn Guggenheim

In the nearly 2 decades I have spent working with new parents, I can’t remember a time when the question about who should be allowed around a newborn was so complicated.

We have always wanted to keep new babies and new parents healthy, fed, and supported (no small feat) but the evolving COVID-19 pandemic has made doing that nearly impossible. Everyone wants to know what is safe. And while these decisions will look slightly different for every family, I thought it would be helpful to outline some basic principles that I discuss with my primary care patients and new mothers who attend my weekly (Zoom) support group to help them make a plan that works for them.

This basic decision framework is more robustly outlined in this article, written by Brown University economist Emily Oster, who has made a career of helping parents navigate complicated questions with limited scientific evidence.

Jocelyn Guggenheim

Jocelyn Guggenheim

Jocelyn is a pediatric nurse practitioner as well as the Director of Clinical Operations and Director of the Pediatric Department at South Boston Community Health Center. She runs the New Moms Group and sees primary care patients from newborns to 21 years old in Pediatrics. Want to know more? Click here for more info or to schedule an appointment with her today!