Guidelines for Pregnancy & Birth Center
During the COVID-19 emergency, we are taking extra steps to protect moms, babies and families.
The following guidelines have been put in place to best protect our families and our staff while still ensuring a safe and positive birth experience. In rare cases, exceptions may be considered.
Partners / Support Persons
Pregnancy and Birth Center patients can name a primary support person, and they may visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If they arrive outside of visiting hours, they should report to the Emergency Department main entrance and check-in with the Protective Services Officer in that area. The primary support person may come and go as desired.
For Cesarean Births, the primary support person can be present with you in the operating room.
This support person must be symptom free. This person will be screened twice daily with a temperature check. They will also be asked if they have had primary symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fever or chills, new muscle pain, new headaches, new loss of taste or smell, and if they have been around anyone ill in the past two weeks.
This support person must be the same person throughout mom's entire hospital stay.
Pregnancy and Birth Center patients may also be visited by one visitor at a time in addition to their primary support person throughout their stay. Visitors under the age of 16 will be restricted unless an exception is made at the discretion of Pregnancy and Birth Center leadership.
- Doulas: If a patient has a certified Doula or birth attendant, they will be able to attend the birth and will be considered the patient's one visitor for that time period. The Doula/birth attendant will also be screened for symptoms and asked to present their certification—please remind your Doula not to forget this documentation!
Triage & Outpatient Arrivals
- If you arrive at a Middlesex Health facility for evaluation or as an outpatient, your support person can join you when you are admitted.
- Outpatient newborn testing is still taking place, but please only have one parent attend this appointment with baby.
Additional Information & Planning Ahead
- Arriving After Hours: If you are arriving to the Pregnancy & Birth Center after 8 p.m. and you would prefer not to use the Emergency Department entrance, you may go to the main hospital lobby entrance and use the call box to notify our security team of your arrival.
- Supplies & Car Seat: Whenever possible, please bring enough supplies for yourself and your support person, as well as the car seat, on the day you are admitted to the hospital for labor and delivery.
- More Information: For more COVID-19 information from the Pregnancy & Birth Center, click here.
- About COVID-19: For general COVID-19 information from Middlesex Health, click here.