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.
Main hospital doors are open, and people are screened in the lobby. Elevators are locked. L&D will be called to meet you in the lobby.
One visitor/support person (including postpartum) (hospital policy is that this person is the second parent, or "person who will wear the second bracelet")
This visitor is NOT interchangeable for the duration of the stay (including postpartum). No siblings. No Photographers unless it is the one visitor that will be there for the duration of the stay.
The visitor can leave and return through the ER, re-enter may be lengthy with security. If this person leaves symptom free and returns displaying symptoms they will not be permitted re-entry.
They are prepared for delivery and supporting infant feeding for families who test positive for COVID-19.
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.