Dear our new moms,
You have a baby on the way, and that is wonderful – congratulations on this exciting time in your life. We know you probably have concerns given the situation with COVID-19. That is completely understandable, and we are here to help.
Firstly, please know that our Childbirth Program is in a separate wing, and – like the rest of our hospital – is cleaned thoroughly, and often.
The safety of our new mothers and their babies is an important priority for our Childbirth Program. We want to ensure the new family is safe and healthy, and that our staff who care for them are safe as well.
To ensure everyone’s safety, we have put the following policies in place. However, as the situation evolves, these restrictions may change. Please check back regularly and prior to coming in to the hospital.
When you arrive and Visiting Policy in the Birth Unit
- ALL patients and support people will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
- If you are coming into the hospital for an appointment or to be assessed, you must come alone. Please call us before arriving so you can be pre-screened for symptoms before coming to the hospital. If you must stay after being assessed, the nurses and physicians will let you know when you can call your support person. This will limit the number of people coming into our unit. Your support person must be screened negative, must remain in the room with you at all times and cannot be exchanged with another support person. A care partner or support person who is displaying any symptoms of illness related to COVID-19 will not be permitted in the hospital.
- Entrance to the hospital has been restricted to two entrances, the Emergency Department and the Main Entrance. All patients and their one designated support person will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 at the entrances. The support person must be screened negative (have no symptoms) to be permitted entrance.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you will be required to wear a mask, a blue armband will be put on you and you will be isolated in a private room. Your support person will be isolated with you, be required to wear the appropriate protective equipment, and must be prepared to stay in the delivery room with you. Your support person should bring food, snacks, clothes, etc. that are needed for the duration of your stay.
- Only essential health care personnel will attend deliveries.
Visiting Policy on the Mother Baby Unit (Post Partum)
- On the Mother Baby Unit, mothers and babies who are well will be permitted only one support person, with no exchanges of the support person. Again, your support person must remain in the room with you as much as possible. Please ensure your support person has enough food, snacks, clothes, etc. for the duration of your stay. Tim Hortons and the cafeteria are still available as food options but have restricted hours. You can expect to stay between 36 to 72 hours after delivery. Other visitors are not permitted at any time.
- A baby of a presumed or confirmed positive COVID mother will stay in the room with the mother, if both the baby and mom are well. Mom must wear a medical mask and must perform hand hygiene when feeding or handling baby. Your baby must remain at a physical distance of 2 meters while not breastfeeding and you must have a healthy support person present to help care for your baby for the duration of the stay.
- For babies requiring a follow up appointment in our clinics, only one (1) parent/caregiver is permitted to accompany the baby. If the baby requires admission for treatment, only 1 parent/caregiver will be permitted to stay with the baby during readmission.
Visiting Policy in Special Care Nursery (SCN)
- Only one (1) parent is allowed at a time, and each parent may visit once every 24 hours. There is no time restriction for how long the parent can stay once here. The parent coming in must be wearing a medical mask and their baby bracelet. This is for parents coming in from home and baby still in SCN. They will still be screened at the entrance each day. To keep our babies safe and well, parents that fail the screening process will not be permitted to visit.
- Babies requiring admission to the Special Care Nursery, and whose mother is presumed or confirmed positive, will be isolated. Visiting restrictions for the isolated baby may vary. Please check with your health care team.
We got this. Rest assured, you and your baby remain our priority.
Let’s get your baby into this world – it needs a little more joy and happiness right now.
The Childbirth Program & QCH
April 23, 2021