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.

Current Policy 

Pregnancy & Birth Center patients will be allowed two visitors in a patient room at a time plus a support person. Two additional visitors may wait in the waiting room on West 3 until it is their turn to see the patient. Siblings do not count in this tally, but are allowed to visit if they are 2 or older. All visitors, regardless of age, are expected to wear a mask at all times. Visiting hours at Middlesex Hospital are daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Doulas or birth attendants are also welcome. If a patient has a certified doula or birth attendant, they will be able to attend the birth and will be considered one of the patient's visitors for that time period. A doula or birth attendant will also be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked to present their doula or birth attendant certification. Please remind your doula not to forget this documentation!

What Should I Know If I am a Pregnancy & Birth Support Person? 

If you are a support person for a Pregnancy & Birth Center patient, you must be free of COVID-19 symptoms, 14 or older and be able to care for yourself. You can visit the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the duration of your loved one’s stay. 

If you arrive after 6:30 p.m, you should report to the Emergency Department main entrance and check in with the Protective Services officer in that area. As a primary support person, you may come and go as desired.

Moms must have the same support person throughout their entire hospital stay

Additional Information & Planning Ahead

Arriving After Hours: If you are arriving at the Pregnancy & Birth Center after 6:30 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 Protective Services team of your arrival.

Supplies & Car Seat: Whenever possible, please bring enough supplies for yourself and your support person, as well as your car seat, on the day you are admitted to the hospital for labor and delivery.

About COVID-19: For general COVID-19 information from Middlesex Health, click here.