Dear EIRMC Patients,

We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and reassure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.

We are taking every precaution to ensure that both our staff and patients are protected. While much is still being learned about COVID-19, the health and safety of our pregnant patients is and has always been our top priority. Every birth is unique and we will continue to provide a safe environment for the most important moments in a mother’s life.

Before you arrive at the hospital, we want to make you aware of a few additional precautionary steps we are taking at this time. In the interests of the safety of our patients and staff, we have a strict visitor policy as follows:

  • One designated support person will be allowed to stay with you during labor and recovery. Anyone who has been self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms, or in contact with an individual who has had symptoms, MUST NOT come with you to the hospital. If your support person cannot pass our strict screening process, they MUST NOT come with you.
  • No children or additional visitors are permitted.

All employees, physicians, patients and staff must enter at only two entrances:

  • main lobby (M-F, 4:30a-7:00p and Sat, Sun, 6:00a-7:00p)
  • backside of the cafeteria near the NICU entrance (24/7)

At point of entry, all people entering the building are asked screening questions:

  • Do you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, now or in the last 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days?

Additionally, all people entering the building will have their temperature checked. Any staff, physicians or visitors with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to enter.

To protect yourself and our staff, it’s imperative that you follow the latest government advice about social distancing; stay away from public places and avoid anyone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Please refer to the current guidance on infection prevention for yourself and your household; direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about pregnancy and breastfeeding can be found here.

We ask patients and their named visitor be particularly vigilant with respect to social distancing in the 14 days prior to admission.

All of our maternity patients are cared for in private rooms, which includes their own bathroom. We ask that all patients and visitors remain in their room and avoid circulation in common areas as much as reasonably possible.

Our staff are dedicated to keeping you safe. All of our staff have been trained on hand hygiene and other infection control measures. We have policies and procedures to help ensure both the safety of patients, visitors and our staff.

Any mother with a confirmed COVID-19 case or who is experiencing symptoms will be supported in taking all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant. Whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding will be determined by the mother in coordination with her healthcare providers.

Rest assured that we have robust procedures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our hospital and in the community.

To reduce unnecessary traffic to the hospital, all parent education classes and tours have been cancelled.

What to do when you go into labor

If you think your labor has started, please go to the main lobby entrance unless it closed
(see hours noted above). After hours, you can go to the entry near the NICU. If you need to go to the hospital due to an emergency or concern about the baby, know that we will be here to support you.

We remain focused on providing you with outstanding care, and we have dedicated staff working hard to ensure you have a healthy and positive pregnancy and birth. Our first priority is providing you with safe and effective care, and we are committed to partnering with you in our efforts to care for you and your baby during this time.

We know this experience may not be what you imagined. But we will continue to go above and beyond to help you get the most out of this experience while adhering to the guidelines set in place to keep you and your baby safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Iris Torvik
Executive Director

Women & Children’s Services