Labor and Delivery Department Policies
- Universal COVID testing (nasal swab) for ALL obstetrical patients presenting to Labor and Delivery is being done. Results are available in about 1 hour.
- Scheduled C/S patients and scheduled induction patients will be tested after they arrive.
- If COVID-19 POSITIVE, the birth partner will be unable to stay with patient and will be sent home, and NICU will attend the delivery and transport the newborn to the Isolation Nursery. We know this sounds harsh but COVID is too contagious to risk anyone else getting sick.
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (Birth Partner)
- All patients (labor checks, C/S, or OB problems) will check-in to the OB ED (Obstetrical Emergency Department)
- ONLY the patient will enter the OB ED (the Birth Partner will have to wait outside the Unit until the patient is admitted or is discharged home).
- If the patient is admitted, one healthy birth partner will be allowed into the Labor and Delivery and Mother-Baby (Maternity) Unit.
- There is a new policy allowing for certified doulas.
- Patients have to limit personal belongings brought from home to ONE bag per family (not one bag per person).
- The designated birth partner, along with the patient, will remain in the hospital room at all times during their stay. The Hospital will provide meals* and toiletries. A change in policy (9/17/2020) allows for the birth partner to go to the cafeteria once the patient is on the Maternity Unit.
- All labor rooms and all maternity rooms have bathrooms with showers. (See below for visitation rules for the High-Risk OB Unit**)
- All admitted patients have a Registered Nurse (RN) assigned to them. At Huntington Hospital nobody will give birth alone.
- SEE THE NEW DOULA POLICY
- In addition to standard medical care by RN's, the hospital has created Birth Support Teams to provide extra support for laboring patients. These are hospital employees knowledgeable about birthing (not nurses) and they are also available to assist women giving birth and afterwards.
- For women in labor only one birth partner is allowed (other than certified doulas-see the new policy). Only one birth partner for C/S (doula is an option but would be the only person allowed). No other guests or visitors. This also applies to the Maternity (Postpartum) Unit and the Neonatal ICU (NICU). One guest only, must be the significant other of the patient.
*meals are ordered using "room service". This shuts down at 7 pm, and reopens at 6 am. We suggest bringing snacks with you to the Hospital (late night snacks are also available, ask your nurse). Cafeteria access has been granted for birth partners after the patient is on Maternity.
**For patients admitted to the Perinatal High Risk Unit (PHRU), the support person has two options:
- First Option - the support person may stay for the entirety of the hospital admission with meals and toiletries provided, with the understanding that they will not be permitted to leave the room.
- Second Option - one designated healthy support person will be allowed 2 consecutive hours per day visiting. This person must be the same person each day and an assessment will take place upon arriving to PHRU.