Here are a few examples of ways that the Labor and Delivery team stands ready:
- Patients are prescreened for flu-like and coronavirus symptoms before entering the Labor and Delivery unit.
- One support person can accompany the mother as she is assessed for labor symptoms.
- Mom can have up to two support people in the delivery room after she is admitted.
- All mothers admitted to the Labor and Delivery unit are tested for COVID-19.
- One support person can stay with mom postpartum for the rest of the hospital visit.
- Support people must be 16 years of age or older and cannot have flu-like symptoms. Support people cannot be interchanged.
- Maternity tours are canceled, but expecting moms can view the maternity tour online.
If the mom is in labor or needs obstetrical help and tests positive for COVID-19:
- Medical staff admits her into the unit and converts her room into a negative pressure room to prevent the spread of the virus. All rooms can be converted to negative pressure rooms
- Medical staff wears personal protective equipment.
If the mom is not in labor and does not need immediate obstetrical help but showing flu-like symptoms, the labor and delivery unit sends her to the Emergency Department.
“We are prepared and ready for expecting moms and we have protocols in place to ensure women have safe deliveries during this pandemic,” said Debra Wright, director of maternity services at UC Davis Health.