Last updated November 4, 2020
How will COVID-19 impact my delivery? (Answers from experts)
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads. Stay informed with the latest health information per the CDC. COVID-19 and pregnancy specific information may be found in the CDC's information on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
Is it safe for me to come to the hospital to give birth?
We are unwavering in our commitment to providing you with a safe place to give birth. Extensive precautions are taken with every patient to prevent the spread of infection. Our staff are trained on how best to prevent infection, as well as to be able to provide the labor support and guidance you need during your birth. In addition, we are prepared to respond to any complications that may occur during labor and birth for both healthy women and those that have higher-risk pregnancies.
We are taking every precaution to ensure that both our staff and patients are protected. While much is still being learned about COVID-19, the health and safety of our pregnant patients is and has always been our top priority. Every birth is unique and we will continue to ensure a safe environment for the most important moments in a mother’s life.
Before you arrive at the hospital, we want to make you aware of a few additional precautionary steps we are taking at this time. We have a number of screening questions in place for all patients and visitors before entering the building. Again, this is precautionary and helps maintain the safety of all involved, and limits the spread of any potential infectious illnesses.
How will my birth experience be different if I have tested positive for COVID-19?
A. If you are (or potentially could be) COVID-19 positive when you deliver, your facility will implement the latest CDC guidance to ensure you and your baby are safe. Know that the hospital is still the safest place for you to deliver your baby.
Q. If I am scheduled for an elective induction and have a fever, can I still have my baby?
A. Contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Your safety is our top priority.
Will I be able to have a support person with me during labor?
For the health and safety of all, we have restricted non-essential visitors. Laboring moms/new moms may still have one birth partner (aka your visitor) while you are in the hospital with us. It will need to be the same visitor the whole time you are with us. This is to prevent the number of people in and out of the rooms and exposure. For the safety of mom and baby, a support person may not be COVID-19 positive.
All visitors are screened daily, and if any visitor screens POSITIVE for respiratory illness, he or she will not be allowed to enter the hospital. Therefore, if your birth partner has had known exposure to a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient and/or is showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please find another birth partner to join you on this journey.
May I have a doula present for my delivery?
A support person and a doula will be permitted under the following conditions:
- Advance arrangements have been made with the Labor and Delivery Department prior to the day of delivery
- Doula and support person screen negative for signs and symptoms of illness at front entrance screening station and are afebrile
- Doula and support person comply with all PPE requirements and ensure that mask is covering nose and mouth at all times while in the hospital and patient room
- Doula and support person remain inside the patient room at all times
- Doula will need to show proof of certification
As always, a physician-patient discussion is recommended to determine the best course of action for each patient and we encourage the physician to have a conversation with the patient if there are reasons why a support person and doula would not be in the best interest of the patient and infant.
Can I FaceTime during my labor or use another App?
We know this is an important experience to share with family. We encourage you to use your personal device and connect with loved ones not able to be with you in the hospital. If your support person is feeling under-the weather or you want a 2nd support person, you can FaceTime with them through your own device (no video).
I have other kids—what do I do about them when I am in the hospital?
Children are not allowed in the hospital at this time. It is important for you to make safe childcare plans for your children, as well as backup plans in case the person you had planned to watch your children gets sick.
What plans should I make now in case the hospital system is overwhelmed when it is time for me to deliver?
We are constantly updating our hospital procedures to continue offering a safe environment for your birth experience. Please refer to our website for the most up-to-date policies.