Childbirth During COVID-19

Safety Procedures for Mom and Baby

Your safety is our top priority at The Family Birthplace. Rest assured we have COVID-19 procedures in place to protect you and your baby.

Facebook interview with Doctor Nigel on Pregancy and Covid-19

For everyone’s safety we are limiting access to only one support person for mom. All expectant moms are tested for the possibility of carrying COVID-19.

A support person who meets the screening criteria will be allowed in the hospital and receive a mask and wristband to wear at all times. Mom will also be offered a procedure or surgical mask at the hospital entrance.

If entering the hospital through the Emergency Department, you will be moved quickly through the process to the Family Birthplace.

We encourage support persons to remain in the hospital during your entire stay but understand that sometimes it is necessary to leave. Please check with your nurse about whether there are limited hours for entering and leaving the hospital.

Please check mhs.net/birthplace for any policy changes before coming to the hospital.

Where to Arrive for Delivery

Please use the following entrances when arriving for delivery:

Memorial Regional Hospital
Main hospital entrance 7 am - 7 pm 
Please use the Emergency Department entrance outside of these hours.

Memorial Hospital West
Main hospital entrance 24/7

Memorial Hospital Miramar
Main hospital entrance 5:30 am - 9 pm 
Please use the Emergency Department entrance outside of these hours.
 
All valet services have been suspended as a safety precaution.

How We Care for You

We use personal protective equipment and safety protocols, including:

  • Precautions above and beyond standard deliveries for healthy moms
  • Enhanced personal protective equipment while caring for moms who test positive

We can safely care for newborns whose mothers have, or potentially have, COVID-19, including:

  • Testing newborns for COVID-19
  • The use of a dedicated breast pump for safe breastfeeding

Throughout every step of your labor and delivery journey, we’re well-prepared for a safe, memorable experience for you and your baby, and we look forward to caring for you.

What to Pack for the Hospital

We are excited that you have chosen to have your baby at Memorial Family Birthplace. To make your stay more comfortable, please bring these items with you to the hospital:

Items for mom

  • Identification (driver’s license and insurance card)
  • Lip balm
  • Robe and slippers for walking during labor
  • Socks and undergarments
  • Nightgowns/pajamas (for after delivery)
  • Hair ties, if needed
  • Toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Loose-fitting clothing to wear home
  • Aromatherapy diffuser and essential oils
  • Relaxation podcast and/or music playlist
  • Bluetooth speaker

Items for support person

  • Photo Identification
  • Change of clothes
  • Sweater
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks to limit the need for trips outside the hospital

Items for baby

  • Name and phone number of pediatrician
  • Clothes (washed, no fabric softener)
  • Onesies
  • Sleepers  
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Wearable blanket
  • No mittens
  • Car seat (installed)
  • Travel wipes if desired