ST. LOUIS – It’s a stressful time for many pregnant women who find themselves not able to work from home right now and what about expectant women who work in health care?
Reporter Molly Rose reached out to some area hospitals on how they’re protecting pregnant nurses and doctors. BJC and Mercy tell Molly they’re pregnant healthcare providers aren’t caring for COVID- 19 patients, but SSM Health says their pregnant healthcare providers are allowed to.
BJC Health Care statement: “Pregnant healthcare providers are not assigned to provide care for suspected or confirmed covid19 patients. All employees are following our standard procedures to keep themselves safe while providing care for patients.”
SSM Heath statement: ” SSM Health released a statement in part saying pregnant employees are allowed to work and that they are protected at the same cautious level as all caregivers. “
Mercy statement: “We are treating pregnant co-workers the same as the high-risk co-workers (those who are immune-compromised or older), which means they are not providing care to respiratory patients. For some co-workers, that means being re-assigned to a different department or unit.”
After the FOX 2 story aired Mercy sent us an updated statement on their policy:
” Mercy is providing PPE and taking all necessary precautions for pregnant co-workers, as we do with all co-workers. If any co-worker presents us with documentation from their treating physician that indicates potential risk, Mercy will work to either provide a reasonable accommodation within the unit, a reassignment to another unit or a leave of absence. ”