Giving birth during the pandemic

Important Information About Birthing
at The Mom’s Place 
Due to the pandemic it has been necessary for us to make changes to policies to keep our patients and staff safe. Please note that these new guidelines are subject to change if necessary.
  • All pregnant patients planning to have their baby at CMC will be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive at the Mom's Place. The staff at your prenatal care office will discuss this further with you and can answer your questions. We will not be testing your support person because we are not directly caring for them.
  • Only pregnant patients who test negative for COVID-19 will be permitted to use nitrous oxide as a pain management option, if they choose.
  • One support person is allowed to accompany you during your stay. 
  • If you have a doula they are welcome to accompany you and your support person as long as they provide the staff with their doula certification/credentials. The doula will be screened for symptoms of illness.
  • No other visitors will be allowed during your stay.
  • If a support person has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, loss of smell or taste, headache, vomiting and diarrhea or was recently exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 they will not be permitted onto The Mom’s Place.
  • Patients coming to CMC for a scheduled cesarean birth or induction of labor will be tested for COVID-19 24-hours in advance, your prenatal care office will provide you with further details on this and where to get tested.
  • Please enter the hospital through the main entrance. If you are arriving between 9 PM and 5:30 AM please enter through the Emergency Department.
  • You and your support person will be screened upon entry to the hospital and provided a mask.
  • Free valet parking is available weekdays at the main entrance.
  • Please plan on bringing everything inside with you when you arrive (bags, car seat, etc).
  • Your support person is expected to stay with you during your stay. If they need to leave they will not be permitted back in the hospital.
  • We highly suggest that if a support person is a smoker that they have a plan in place ahead of time as they will not be allowed in and out to smoke. They should consider obtaining a nicotine patch or nicotine gum to use during your stay.
  • We ask that all patients and support people wear a hospital provided procedure mask any time staff are present in your hospital room.
  • Support people are expected to stay on the Mom’s Place unit for the duration of your hospital stay. At this time if a support person leaves The Mom’s Place unit they will not be permitted back inside
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you and your care team will decide if your baby should stay in your room with you at The Mom’s Place (depending on the severity of your symptoms). To protect the baby it is important to ensure the mother wears a mask, keeps the infant six feet away when not feeding/caring for them, and practices good hand hygiene.
For additional information regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy and breastfeeding please visit the CDC's site: If You Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caring for Young Children