Currently, all local hospitals are allowing doulas. However, many hospitals still have a limit (typically 2) on the number of people that may be in the delivery room Contact your hospital for the most current information.
Three entrances are open with security screening upon entry, Dixmyth entry is preferred. Persons displaying symptom will be redirected through the ER per protocol.
One visitor/support person.
This visitor is NOT interchangeable for the duration of the stay (including postpartum) (hospital policy is that this person is the second parent, or "person who will wear the second bracelet"). This visitor may leave, but will have have to go through re-entry in security. This visitor is encouraged to stay at the hospital for the duration. If the visitor leaves they are encouraged to practice social isolation and limit exposure in public (go home and return). If this person leaves symptom free and returns displaying symptoms they will not be permitted re-entry.
No siblings. No Photographers.
Doulas are NOT exempt from this policy, and are welcome at the bedside of their clients only if they are the one support person. (Proof of certification or training, if pre-certified, required upon entry to the hospital).
Many hospitals are now reserving the right, based on PPE (personal protective equipment) supplies on a daily basis, that the birth partner may not be allowed in the operating room in case of a cesarean.