The Birth and Family Center Visitation
Maternity patients are permitted one support partner through the duration of their hospital stay. Once screened, only that person may support the mother and may not leave the hospital. If the person leaves, the person is not allowed to return.
Support partners cannot change during the mother’s stay. This minimizes risk to families, patients, and our labor and delivery team. In line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Domestic Travel Advisory issued March 28, 2020, and until further notice, visitors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (and other areas as may be designated by the CDC or other governing bodies) will not be allowed into The Birth and Family Center.
Ruling out labor – To reduce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consumption during the short time of this encounter, no visitation will be permitted in the triage area on the maternity unit. Grand View Health has recently updated the visitor policy for the Birth and Family Center. One support partner, who meets Grand View Health health screening criteria, will be able to accompany a expectant mother when visiting the hospital to rule out labor, for non-stress tests and for other medically necessary pre-delivery testing.
Labor and Delivery / Mother-Baby Units
Only the support partner is permitted on The Birth and Family Center with the following guidance:
- Completion of health screening procedures will be performed for all patients and support partners before entering the unit. Support partners who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or who meet any of the criteria listed below for suspected COVID-19, will be prohibited from entering The Birth and Family Center. Additional restrictions prohibiting support partners from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (and other areas as may be designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other governing bodies) will be imposed until further notice. Patients from these regions may have a support partner who has not been in these high-risk areas. Photo ID as proof of address may be requested.
Suspected COVID-19 patients for the purpose of maternal / newborn care at Grand View Health are defined as:
- COVID-19 testing pending.
- High-risk exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19 (less than 6 feet for more than two minutes) within the past 14 days.
- Symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection, including but not limited to, fever, cough and shortness of breath.
- Under quarantine for travel including international travel or relocation from greater New York City area (inclusive of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and other areas as may be designated by the CDC or other governing bodies (14 days required).
- Support partners will undergo daily monitoring during the stay in the hospital, including temperature and assessment of symptoms.
- Support partners will bring their own masks (a clean, dry, freshly laundered cloth mask is acceptable) to be worn at all times in the hospital.
- Support partners will remain in the patient rooms for the entirety of the stay, except to visit newborns admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); meals will be provided by patient food services at the support partners’ expense.
- If the mother is a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient and separation with newborn is performed as recommended by CDC, the support partner cannot move between mother’s isolation room and newborn isolation room/nursery. Ideally, the support partner for the mother in Labor and Delivery becomes the newborn support partner and no longer visits the mother; a new support partner for the mother is not allowed. If the mother and newborn are located in one room, then the support partner stays in the room with both of them, primarily to provide newborn care.
- Support partners who do not or cannot adhere to these rules will be asked to leave the premises. Another support partner will not be allowed to replace him/her.
Everyone entering a Grand View Health location is required to wear a mask. Please bring your own clean or recently laundered fabric mask. We are working to assure we have adequate supplies for our workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and Governor Wolf’s directives, all patients will wear a surgical mask at all times except when in a room alone. This includes:
- On entrance to the hospital.
- When being transported.
- When a health care worker or other visitor enters their room.