In this section we discuss key aspects of maternity care, including antenatal models of care, labour and birth planning and the importance of breastfeeding for women with asthma in pregnancy.
- Women with asthma in pregnancy should have their asthma reviewed every 4-6 weeks during pregnancy
- Pregnancy and asthma care may be provided by a range of health professionals including general practitioners, midwives, nurses, obstetricians, physicians and allied health staff.
- Good communication between health professionals involved in the woman’s care is recommended
- Exacerbations of asthma are uncommon during labour and birth
- Except in the most severe cases, asthma should not preclude a vaginal birth
- Prostaglandin E2 and oxytocin can be used for induction of labour, as there is no evidence of increased risk of bronchoconstriction
- Breastfeeding is recommended for all women with asthma