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Pregnant in a Pandemic: What to expect on admission to St Joe’s MCH/L&D


While much has been circulating in the news about having a child during the COVID-19 pandemic, at St. Joseph Hospital we all recognize that your pregnancy and birth cannot be rescheduled, and we are doing our best to keep the memories of your birth as safe and empowering as possible. With that in mind, we wanted to share with you what is happening here at St. Joe's so you know what to expect from us and can feel informed and secure during these special times for your family.

Currently, we are updating our guidelines on an almost-daily basis as the CDC and other leading associations learn more about what we can do to keep mom, baby, and the family safe. That being said, here are a few things you will see when you visit our labor and delivery unit:

  • Everyone who comes into the hospital is screened for COVID-19 symptoms including staff, patients and visitors. This process involves questions about your recent health and a temperature check. You will be given a mask to keep on for the duration of your visit.  

  • All staff are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and protective headgear to help ensure everyone's safety in these challenging times

  • While our current Visitor Policy significantly minimizes the number of people in and out of the hospital, we are still welcoming one birth partner or labor support person at each birth as long as both are asymptomatic. We value the connection and support that this person can offer and recognize that your birth is a once in a lifetime event for you and your baby to share.

  • Some birth supplies will be limited such as Nitrous, but all other labor support tools are available including labor support from your nurse, showers for hydrotherapy, birth balls, and IV and epidural medications.

  • We continue to encourage rooming-in for mom and baby to bond, do skin to skin, and breastfeed as long as you are both healthy and well. In the event that a mother does present in labor with COVID-19 symptoms, there will be a risk/benefit discussion with you and your providers for what care you both need and what support we can offer to keep you both as healthy as possible. This may include separation, but not without your understanding and consent for this plan.

We remain passionate about our work and are doing all that we can to adjust to these new circumstances. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions so you can better understand the care that you will be receiving. Behind every new rule, every mask and every layer of PPE are the same trusting providers and staff that you chose to work with before this current situation began. We mourn the loss that you may feel by limiting visitors and we miss the connection of a subtle smile of encouragement, but we also know that your birth during this pandemic isn’t something we can rebook or move to a later date. As best we can, we will make connections, and in that, make sweet memories for you and your family.

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