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 during the end of pregnancy or when they arrive at The Mom’s Place. 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.
  • If you are tested at the end of your pregnancy you will need to self-quarantine from when you were tested until you come to The Mom’s Place to give birth. Although we are not testing your support person they too will need to self-quarantine. If you/your partner are unable to self-quarantine please discuss this with your prenatal care provider.
  • 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, or was exposed to a COVID positive patient they will not be permitted on to The Mom’s Place.
  • 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.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be required to wear a mask when staff members are in your room. You may bring your own mask or we can provide one for you.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19 you will not need to wear a mask while in your room, but when entering the hospital/exiting to go home you will be expected to wear one in the halls.
  • Support people must wear a mask anytime staff are present in your room.
  • As always, we encourage you to walk, move, and change positions while in labor. At this time, for the protection of staff, we are unable to have patients walk in the hallways.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you and your care team will decide (depending on the severity of your symptoms) if your baby should stay in your room with you at The Mom’s Place. There are differing recommendations among medical professional groups. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be separated from their mothers who test positive. The World Health Organization recommends babies stay with their mothers. 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