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
  • All patients who have established care with a Middlesex Health provider and arrive at the Pregnancy & Birth Center for labor, induction of labor, or a C-section are allowed ONE support person. Both people will be given a mask that must be worn while staff are in the hospital room. Masks may be removed when staff are not present.
    • 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. They must stay in the Pregnancy & Birth Center—if they need to leave, they will not be permitted to return.
      • The Pregnancy & Birth Center team will work with the hospital's dietary services department to ensure meals are available for the support person without that person going to the cafeteria.
  • Patients New to Middlesex Health: If you arrive at Middlesex Hospital in labor but are not currently under the care of a Middlesex Health provider, your support person will not be able to come into the hospital/Pregnancy & Birth Center.
  • Doulas: If a patient has a certified Doula or birth attendant, they will be able to attend the birth IN ADDITION TO the one designated support person. The Doula/birth attendant must stay in the patient's room for the duration of their stay. 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!
While in Labor
After Baby is Born
  • Until further notice, no visitors or additional support persons are allowed to visit after labor.
    • This includes siblings. We encourage the use of FaceTime or other types of video call for siblings eager to talk to mom and meet their newest family member.
Triage & Outpatient Arrivals
  • If you arrive at a Middlesex Health facility for evaluation or as an outpatient, support persons or visitors will not be allowed to enter with you.
  • HOWEVER, if you are admitted for labor or for a C-section, your support person will be allowed in. This person will be screened for symptoms at that time.
  • 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.