The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that the safest place for a woman to give birth is a hospital, hospital-based birth centers or accredited freestanding birth center.
Rest assured that your health and your baby’s health are our ultimate priority, today and every day. Our teams are working diligently to maintain the highest level of safety for you, your baby and our care teams. In order to ensure the safety of everyone in the facility, we have made modifications to some of our policies, including:
Only one visitor per patient is permitted into the facility for a 24-hour period.
- Delivery: One visitor will be allowed in the delivery room. A doula may be present in the delivery room but will count as your one visitor.
- Post-Partum: One visitor will be permitted and must be over the age of 16.
- NICU: One parent will be permitted to visit the NICU at a time.
Every labor and delivery patient will be tested for COVID-19 upon entry into the facility.
If you are scheduled for a c-section, your COVID-19 test will take place no less than 48-hours prior to your scheduled delivery. Our nursing team will contact you with more information regarding this process.
If your baby arrives naturally or unscheduled, you will receive your test on arrival so we can determine the best course of action moving forward for you and your baby.
Risk assessment screening
COVID-19 screening measures are now in place for all visitors and patients. Access points are limited to the Andrews Women’s Hospital entrance located at 8th Avenue and Magnolia Avenue.
Upon entry, all visitors will be asked a series of screening questions and be required to have a temperature of less than 99.6°F to gain access into the facility.
Surgical masks are required for both the patient and visitor for the entirety of their stay. If you do not have a protective mask, one will be provided to you upon entry into the facility. Additional protective equipment is being used by the care team to protect both patients and staff.
Our facilities have employed recommended infection control practices for hospitalized pregnant women who are positive for COVID-19 or suspected of having the virus. Obstetric care providers and personnel have been appropriately trained in how and where to implement these infection control interventions.
The decisions made regarding restrictions are not taken lightly and have been put in place to help ensure the safety of all patients, care team members and newborns. We recognize this is not the ideal labor and delivery experience that you and your family envisioned, but please remember these guidelines are in place for your family’s safety.