Updated: May 18, 2020

OB COVID-19 Support Person Guidelines

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COVID-19 Negative

COVID-19 Positive

Antepartum (inpatient)

No Support Person

No Support Person

Labor & Delivery

1 Support person allowed*

No Support Person

Postpartum

1 Support person allowed*

No Support Person

*Special considerations listed below

At Main Line Health we understand the concern and uncertainty surrounding pregnancy and delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please be assured that we are working tirelessly to provide all our obstetrical patients with a supportive experience.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, staff and our community. Our current guidelines and procedures noted below were established in consultation with our infection prevention colleagues to ensure the best and safest experience we can provide during this challenging time. Please understand that changes occur frequently as the impact of the virus on our community evolves. We will do our best to keep you as informed as possible of any changes that occur.

Patients who have traveled from a highly infected area must quarantine for 14 days in the greater Philadelphia area before seeing one of our OBs unless they have an urgent issue. All patients will have their temperature checked and be asked screening questions upon entry to the hospital or OB office. Support persons who have travelled from a highly infected area within the last 14 days will not be permitted to enter and will be asked to leave the facility.

* Any support person who is symptomatic (fever, cough, etc.), or otherwise does not pass the screening questions, will not be permitted to enter and will be asked to leave the facility.

Visitor Restrictions

Outpatient OB Offices:

  • Please refer to your OB physician practice for specifics regarding office visits

Perinatal Testing Centers:

  • The Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians are allowing Patients only to come to the Perinatal Testing Center for appointments.

Antepartum (Patients who are currently pregnant):

  • Antepartum patients will be allowed one support person during their initial hospital evaluation.
  • All antepartum patients and their support person will be screened upon entry to the hospital and again upon unit arrival.  If delivery for the patient is unlikely, but they will need to remain in the hospital, no support person will be allowed.(Our current policy across Main Line Health does not allow visitors for inpatients). Support persons will be asked to leave the hospital until the patient is discharged or delivery becomes likely. If the patient will be delivering, the Labor and Delivery guideline (below) will be followed.

Labor and Delivery (L&D):

  • *Patients delivering in the hospital are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay with the following exceptions:
    • Support person exhibits COVID symptoms and/or does not pass the entrance and unit screening questions
    • Mom tests positive during their admission swab test
    • Mom refuses their admission swab test
  • Support person must be the same person from admission to discharge
  • Support person should arrive with the patient; if they arrive separately, they must contact L&D for access.
  • All OB patients and their support persons will be provided a mask at the screening location
    (regardless of symptoms or answers to screening questions).
  • All OB patients will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their stay regardless of COVID status.
  • Support persons who are permitted to stay will be required to wear their mask from admission through discharge.
  • Patients and support persons will be restricted to their rooms for the duration of their stay.
  •  Complimentary Meals will be provided
  • If support person leaves at any time or is asked to leave due to new onset of symptoms, they will not be permitted back into the hospital and another support person will not be permitted to take their place.
  • We have instituted a 24-hour rooming-in policy for infants. This means the newborn will stay in the room with the mother and well-baby care will be done at the bedside for COVID negative moms. 
    • In COVID-positive patients, rooming-in versus isolation of infant will be individualized following consultation with Neonatology support person exhibits COVID symptoms and/or does not pass the entrance and unit screening questions
  • We encourage early discharge from the hospital to any mother and baby that is medically stable

Neonatal Intensive Care Units:

  • Visitors are restricted to one person per day - i.e. If one parent visits in the morning one day, the other parent will not be permitted to visit that day and must wait until the following day.

For more information visit our Care for pregnant women and newborns page.