[updated Oct 13, 2021] COVID-19 UPDATE: Can my doula be with me? Can my partner be with me?

At this point (mid-October 2021), virtually all Chicago-area hospitals (38 of 44) are currently allowing a laboring mother be accompanied by both her doula and her partner.

These are the only six hospitals that currently have restrictive policies in place at this time (that is, policies that require a laboring mother to choose between having her doula or her partner present):

  • AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center
  • AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • MacNeal Hospital
  • Saint Anthony Hospital
  • UI Medical Center

Below are the policies currently in place at all Chicago-area hospitals.

*Asterisk identifies all hospitals where doulas are allowed in addition to the mother’s partner/spouse. 

+Plus identifies hospitals where unwritten exceptions are being applied to the hospital’s written visitor policy or where the entire policy is unwritten.

Birth Professionals: if you have any updated information or see errors, please let us know by email: [email protected] Please be sure to include the source of your information.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND . . .

  • If your doula is going to be with you in labor, be sure she brings credentials (certificate of training, other proof of qualifications). She may also need to bring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test result.
  • Your partner may not be able to join you in the hospital until after you’ve been through triage and the decision has been made to admit you. Your partner (and doula) should be prepared to wait in the car until you are told that you’re in active labor and you’re being admitted.
  • Most hospitals will not allow your partner or doula to leave after entering the hospital. So bring EVERYTHING in when you first arrive.
  • If your partner has a fever or any symptoms of COVID, they will not be allowed into the hospital. Have a back-up plan for who could be with you if this happens. 
  • Many hospitals are now providing meals for you AND your partner.
*Advocate Christ Medical Center

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

  • Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19 

    • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted
*Advocate Condell Medical Center

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay


Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19

NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted

*Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Updated /checked 10/12 

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting non-COVID-19 adult patients 

    • Two designated visitors for duration of inpatient stay with one visitor allowed at a time

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19 

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting non-COVID-19 pediatric patients

      • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted
*Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

  • Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19 

    • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted
*Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

  • Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19 

    • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted
*Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

  • Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19 

    • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted
*Advocate Sherman Hospital

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

  • Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19 

    • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted
*Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

  • Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19 

    • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted
*Advocate Trinity Hospital

Updated /checked  10/12

From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery at all hospitals.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visiting adults who do not have COVID-19

  • Obstetrics, labor & delivery: One visitor at a time plus one doula permitted for the duration of the birth parents’ stay

Visiting COVID-19-positive adult patients or patients who may have COVID-19

Stricter guidelines are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit the screening station at the location you visit for information.


Visiting children who do not have COVID-19 

    • NICU private rooms & open-pod rooms: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted

*+AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks

Updated /checked 10/12

Doula and support person allowed. Although written policy below states that laboring mother can have only one companion, hospital is currently allowing a certified doula in addition to the mother’s support person.  Doula should bring proof of certification.

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily
*+AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale

Updated /checked 10/12 .

+Doula and support person allowed. Although written policy below states that laboring mother can have only one companion, Hinsdale Hospital is currently allowing a certified doula in addition to the mother’s support person.  Doula should bring proof of certification.

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

    • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
      • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
    • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
    • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily
*+AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village

Updated /checked 10/12 .

+Doula and support person allowed. Although written policy below states that laboring mother can have only one companion, the hospital is currently allowing a certified doula in addition to the mother’s support person.  Doula should bring proof of certification.

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily.
*+AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora

Updated /checked 10/22.

+Doula and support person allowed. Although written policy below states that laboring mother can have only one companion, the hospital is currently allowing a certified doula in addition to the mother’s support person.  Doula should bring proof of certification.

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily.
AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago

Updated /checked 10/12. 

Although there may be exceptions made by special arrangement, the hospital generally only allows one companion at this time.

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily
AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago

Updated /checked 10/12

One visitor, no exception for doulas.

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily.
*+AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago

Updated /checked 10/12.

Doula and support person allowed. Although written policy below states that laboring mother can have only one companion, hospital is currently allowing two companions, which can include the mother’s partner and a doula. 

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily
*+AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates | AMITA Health Women & Children’s Hospital Hoffman Estates

Updated /checked 10/12.

Doula and support person allowed. Although written policy below states that laboring mother can have only one companion, hospital is currently allowing two companions. 

From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.

Patients arriving for childbirth or caesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily.
*+The Birth Center at PCC

Doula and partner plus one family member and siblings.

Updated / checked 8/16

Source: Email to BirthGuide from Mary Sommers.

*+Edward Hospital

Updated 10/12.

Partner and doula allowed. Although the policy below suggests only one companion, the hospital is allowing a laboring woman to be supported by both her partner and her doula.

From the Edward-Elmhurst Health website (Visitor Screening and Restrictions):

  • Up to one visitor or Care Partner may stay overnight in a non-COVID-19 patient’s room.
*+Elmhurst Hospital

Updated 10/12.

Partner and doula allowed. Although the policy below suggests only one companion, the hospital is allowing a laboring woman to be supported by both her partner and her doula.

From the Edward-Elmhurst Health website (Visitor Screening and Restrictions):

  • Up to one visitor or Care Partner may stay overnight in a non-COVID-19 patient’s room.
*Evanston Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 10/12

From the hospital website:

Labor & Delivery/ISCU/Post-Partum Patients

  1. Two visitors who pass the screening (see Visitor Screening Process) may visit. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the unit’s nursing staff and the patient’s physician.
  2. A doula may visit in addition to the partner/visitor and must remain in the hospital only for the duration of the patient’s stay in Labor & Delivery. Once the mother enters post-partum phase of care (2-4 hours after delivery), the doula must leave the hospital and may not return.
  3. Doulas are not permitted in the operating room but may rejoin the patient in Labor & Delivery to assist with breastfeeding after a C-section.
  4. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the patient’s clinical team.
*Franciscan Health Family Birth Center

Updated /checked 10/12

From Franciscan Health website:

  • Labor & Delivery: A laboring woman will be allowed up to 2 visitors during labor, delivery and post-partum. In addition, a labor coach will be allowed.
  • NICU: Mother and one additional person will be allowed to visit child in NICU. In extraordinary and end-of-life situations, the facility may allow an additional 1 – 2 visitors to visit, provided proper social distancing and PPE usage are followed.
*Highland Park Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 10/12

From the hospital website:

Labor & Delivery/ISCU/Post-Partum Patients

  1. Two visitors who pass the screening (see Visitor Screening Process) may visit. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the unit’s nursing staff and the patient’s physician.
  2. A doula may visit in addition to the partner/visitor and must remain in the hospital only for the duration of the patient’s stay in Labor & Delivery. Once the mother enters post-partum phase of care (2-4 hours after delivery), the doula must leave the hospital and may not return.
  3. Doulas are not permitted in the operating room but may rejoin the patient in Labor & Delivery to assist with breastfeeding after a C-section.
  4. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the patient’s clinical team.
*+Humbolt Park Health [formerly Norwegian American Hospital]

Updated / checked 10/12

+Although the hospital website suggests no visitors (see below), there is an exception in Labor and Delivery, where one “significant other” is allowed. The current policy in L & D is as follows:

Currently HPH allows one support person to be with Covid negative patients in labor.

There is no switching of visitors.

If the patient is planning to have a doula in attendance, either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the patients admission would be required. The certified doula is considered part of the medical care team and does not count as a visitor. She can stay with the mother during labor and the immediate postpartum period, but then will need to leave. Doula should be prepared to present her credentials.

No outside visitors are allowed except one significant other ( as long as they screen negative). No visitors during or after delivery. The significant other must stay with the patient and not leave the unit. If they leave they may not be allowed back.

From the hospital website:

Effective immediately and until further notice, we are not allowing visitors to our inpatient units except for end of life or other extreme circumstances with the approval of the nursing supervisor.

*Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Updated / checked 10/13

Partner and certified doula allowed. 

Source: Family Birth Center Visitor Guidelines

  • Triage
    • One support person is allowed.
    • The designated support person cannot switch out with others.

    Laboring Patients

    • Up to six visitors may be identified, and can switch in and out an unlimited number of times.
    • Up to two support people are allowed in the delivery room at a time.
    • Doulas are allowed as one of the two support people in the delivery room. (The allowance of two support people includes the doula.)

    Antepartum and 3N Obstetrics & Newborn

    Visiting hours:
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Two support people are allowed during visiting hours for patients with negative COVID-19 test results. One support person is allowed during non-visiting hours (9 p.m. to 9 a.m.).
    • One visitor is allowed for patients with positive, unconfirmed or unknown COVID-19 test results.
    • Support people may switch in and out with others an unlimited number of times during visiting hours.
    • Visitors waiting to switch in and out must wait in their vehicles or off-campus.
    • Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the Family Lounge.
Loyola University Medical Center

Updated / checked 10/13 

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Policy: Hospitals
Protecting our patients is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, Loyola Medicine hospitals (Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital) allow one adult visitor per adult patient per day as a precaution for your safety and the safety of our patients, our caregivers and our community members.

MacNeal Hospital

Updated / checked 10/13

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Policy: Hospitals
Protecting our patients is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, Loyola Medicine hospitals (Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital) allow one adult visitor per adult patient per day as a precaution for your safety and the safety of our patients, our caregivers and our community members.

*+Mount Sinai Hospital

Update 10/13

Although the Sinai system website reflects a one visitor policy, we have confirmed with the hospital that the current policy is to allow  two companions/visitors.

From Sinai System website:

Visitors will not be allowed in most inpatient areas. .  .

  • For mothers in labor, limit to one support person per patient.
  • In the Mother-Baby and Neonatal Intensive Care units– ONLY parents of the infant will be allowed. No siblings, grandparents or other relatives will be allowed.
*Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights

Checked 10/13

From Northwest Community Hospital website

Doula and partner allowed.

With the following exceptions, visitors will not be permitted into our inpatient units:

Labor and Delivery/ Obstetrics

  • Up to 1 visitor/partner for the duration of the stay and
  • 1 doula (must be the same doula) for the duration of the birth parent’s stay

Mother Baby

  • Up to 1 visitor per day and 1 visitor/partner for the entire stay
  • Visitors must be 18 years and older
*Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Updated 10/13

One support person and one doula.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: July 8, 2021

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented visitor restrictions in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites.

Inpatient Facilities and Emergency Departments

  • Two visitors at a time may be in a patient’s private room during visiting hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Each patient in a semi-private inpatient room is allowed one visitor.
  • Visiting hours are 10 am to 8 pm at all hospitals. Inpatient behavioral services departments may have different visiting hours.
  • Inpatient waiting rooms are open with physical distancing and masking requirements in place.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened for COVID-19 and wear a visitor badge indicating that they have been screened.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room. Visitors are not permitted to eat or drink in patient rooms, as it would require periodic unmasking. Visitors who do not comply with the masking policy may be asked to leave.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care units may have two visitors 18 and older who are wearing ID bands.
  • ***
  • Patients in labor may have two support people, one of whom may be a doula, in their delivery room. Two visitors are allowed during visiting hours for patients who are postpartum.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients being evaluated for COVID-19 until a COVID-19 infection is ruled out.
  • All visitors must be 18 or older. Exceptions will be made if a patient’s parent is younger than 18.

Outside of designated visiting hours, visitors are not allowed, with the following exceptions:

  • Patients under the age of 18 may have one visitor.
  • Postpartum patients may have one visitor.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit may have two visitors.
*Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Updated 10/13

 Doula allowed in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: July 8, 2021

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented visitor restrictions in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites.

Inpatient Facilities and Emergency Departments

  • Two visitors at a time may be in a patient’s private room during visiting hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Each patient in a semi-private inpatient room is allowed one visitor.
  • Visiting hours are 10 am to 8 pm at all hospitals. Inpatient behavioral services departments may have different visiting hours.
  • Inpatient waiting rooms are open with physical distancing and masking requirements in place.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened for COVID-19 and wear a visitor badge indicating that they have been screened.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room. Visitors are not permitted to eat or drink in patient rooms, as it would require periodic unmasking. Visitors who do not comply with the masking policy may be asked to leave.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care units may have two visitors 18 and older who are wearing ID bands.
  • ***
  • Patients in labor may have two support people, one of whom may be a doula, in their delivery room. Two visitors are allowed during visiting hours for patients who are postpartum.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients being evaluated for COVID-19 until a COVID-19 infection is ruled out.
  • All visitors must be 18 or older. Exceptions will be made if a patient’s parent is younger than 18.

Outside of designated visiting hours, visitors are not allowed, with the following exceptions:

  • Patients under the age of 18 may have one visitor.
  • Postpartum patients may have one visitor.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit may have two visitors.
*Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Updated 10/13

Doula allowed in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: July 8, 2021

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented visitor restrictions in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites.

Inpatient Facilities and Emergency Departments

  • Two visitors at a time may be in a patient’s private room during visiting hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Each patient in a semi-private inpatient room is allowed one visitor.
  • Visiting hours are 10 am to 8 pm at all hospitals. Inpatient behavioral services departments may have different visiting hours.
  • Inpatient waiting rooms are open with physical distancing and masking requirements in place.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened for COVID-19 and wear a visitor badge indicating that they have been screened.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room. Visitors are not permitted to eat or drink in patient rooms, as it would require periodic unmasking. Visitors who do not comply with the masking policy may be asked to leave.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care units may have two visitors 18 and older who are wearing ID bands.
  • ***
  • Patients in labor may have two support people, one of whom may be a doula, in their delivery room. Two visitors are allowed during visiting hours for patients who are postpartum.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients being evaluated for COVID-19 until a COVID-19 infection is ruled out.
  • All visitors must be 18 or older. Exceptions will be made if a patient’s parent is younger than 18.

Outside of designated visiting hours, visitors are not allowed, with the following exceptions:

  • Patients under the age of 18 may have one visitor.
  • Postpartum patients may have one visitor.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit may have two visitors.
*Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital

Updated 10/13

Doula allowed in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: July 8th, 2021

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented visitor restrictions in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites.

Inpatient Facilities and Emergency Departments

  • Two visitors at a time may be in a patient’s private room during visiting hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Each patient in a semi-private inpatient room is allowed one visitor.
  • Visiting hours are 10 am to 8 pm at all hospitals. Inpatient behavioral services departments may have different visiting hours.
  • Inpatient waiting rooms are open with physical distancing and masking requirements in place.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened for COVID-19 and wear a visitor badge indicating that they have been screened.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room. Visitors are not permitted to eat or drink in patient rooms, as it would require periodic unmasking. Visitors who do not comply with the masking policy may be asked to leave.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care units may have two visitors 18 and older who are wearing ID bands.
  • ***
  • Patients in labor may have two support people, one of whom may be a doula, in their delivery room. Two visitors are allowed during visiting hours for patients who are postpartum.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients being evaluated for COVID-19 until a COVID-19 infection is ruled out.
  • All visitors must be 18 or older. Exceptions will be made if a patient’s parent is younger than 18.

Outside of designated visiting hours, visitors are not allowed, with the following exceptions:

  • Patients under the age of 18 may have one visitor.
  • Postpartum patients may have one visitor.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit may have two visitors.
*+OSF Little Company of Mary Hospital

Updated /checked 10/13

L&D confirmed that hospital IS currently allowing a mother to have doula in addition to her partner, despite written “one support person” policy.  Doula needs to bring credentials.

From hospital website:

For everyone’s safety, visitors are limited during this time. You should plan to designate one support person to stay with you before, during and after delivery.

We recognize the important role your loved ones play during this important time in your life. While we may not be able to welcome all of your family and close friends in our facility, we want to help you feel as connected to them as possible.

There are several free communication tools and technologies available to you to help you use your personal device to connect with those you love. Talk with your care team to discuss options to stay connected with friends and family.

*Palos Hospital

Updated / checked 10/13

Doula and Partner.

From the hospital website:

Mother/Baby
P
atients in labor may have two support people, one of whom may be a doula, in their delivery room. Two visitors at a time are allowed during visiting hours for patients who are postpartum.

For patients in delivery who test positive for COVID-19, a partner who is asymptomatic may accompany the mother with no COVID-19 test required. The partner will be required to eat and isolate in the patient’s room, and to wear a mask at all times, even while sleeping. If the partner is symptomatic, they will be asked to stay home.

*Rush Copley Medical Center

Checked/updated 10/13

Partner and doula are both allowed. 

From the Rush system website:

Pediatrics

Our pediatric patient population, including general pediatrics, NICU (patients under the age of 18), may have one visitor in addition to the legal parents/guardian.

Labor and Delivery

While in Labor and Delivery, patients may have two support people. In addition, patients may also have a doula.

Mother/Baby

While in the Mother/Baby Unit, patients may have two visitors in addition to the support person.

*Rush University Medical Center

Checked/updated 10/13

Partner and doula are both allowed. 

From the Rush system website:

The following changes have been implemented across the Rush University System for Health:

Inpatient

  • Our pediatric patient population (patients who are under 18), including the general pediatrics, pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit, may have two parents or guardians.
  • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one support person.
  • Labor and Delivery patients can have one support person and one doula, if needed.
Saint Anthony Hospital

Updated / checked 10/13

One visitor, no exception for doulas.

From hospital website:

Effective immediately and until further notice:

No visitors under the age of 18

No visitors are permitted in Inpatient Units.  A few exceptions will be made:

  • Terminally ill and hospice patients may have one visitor
  • Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby Unit will allow one visitor
  • Pediatric Unit will allow one visitor
  • Surgery may have one support person
*Silver Cross Hospital

Updated 10/13

Doula and partner allowed in Labor & Delivery. Doula should bring evidence of accreditation.

From the hospital website:

All non-COVID Silver Cross inpatients will be allowed only 2 designated visitors for the duration of their inpatient stay. Children under 16 years of age may not visit at this time.

You are also allowed one certified doula who screens negative and is asymptomatic.

St. Bernard Hospital

Updated /checked 6/16.

ST. BERNARD HAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED ITS LABOR AND DELIVERY SERVICE. WOMEN ARE BEING DIRECTED TO MERCY HOSPITAL.

From the hospital website:

As of March 18, St. Bernard Hospital is temporarily restricting visitors to the hospital. These restrictions are intended to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • No visitors will be allowed in the hospital, unless they are visiting patients in Intensive Care Unit, our maternity unit or in labor and delivery unit.
  • Only one visitor at a time will be allowed to see patients in the maternity and the labor and delivery units.
*Swedish Covenant Hospital

Updated /checked 10/13.

From hospital website:

Obstetric Patients

  • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit are allowed up to two support persons for the duration of hospitalization (must be the same one throughout stay).
  • Patients in Labor & Delivery are allowed two support persons for the duration of time spent in Labor & Delivery (must be the same one throughout stay).
  • Exceptions for additional support person will be considered by nursing staff.
*University of Chicago Medicine

Updated / checked 10/13

Partner and certified doula allowed. 

Source: Family Birth Center Visitor Guidelines

  • Triage
    • One support person is allowed.
    • The designated support person cannot switch out with others.

    Laboring Patients

    • Up to six visitors may be identified, and can switch in and out an unlimited number of times.
    • Up to two support people are allowed in the delivery room at a time.
    • Doulas are allowed as one of the two support people in the delivery room. (The allowance of two support people includes the doula.)

    Antepartum and 3N Obstetrics & Newborn

    Visiting hours:
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Two support people are allowed during visiting hours for patients with negative COVID-19 test results. One support person is allowed during non-visiting hours (9 p.m. to 9 a.m.).
    • One visitor is allowed for patients with positive, unconfirmed or unknown COVID-19 test results.
    • Support people may switch in and out with others an unlimited number of times during visiting hours.
    • Visitors waiting to switch in and out must wait in their vehicles or off-campus.
    • Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the Family Lounge.
University of Illinois / UI Health

One support person only.

Updated / checked 10/13

From the hospital website:

(effective July 22,2021)

Labor & Delivery/Mother Baby and Neonatal ICU

    1. L&D/Mother Baby may have one designated visitor according to the established L&D/Mother Baby Visitation protocol. Visitation is open 24 hours/day.
    2. The designated visitor may remain with the patient overnight in Labor & Delivery/Mother Baby.
    3. Neonatal ICU & Intermediate Care Nursery (ICN) welcomes mother and one designated support person, both asymptomatic and confirmed negative for COVID-19.
    4. Mother and designated support person must have a negative COVID-19 test completed biweekly.  Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from testing.
*West Suburban Medical Center

Updated / checked 10/13.

Doula and Partner are allowed. 

From the hospital website:

Family Birth Place Visitation

Effective February 24, 2021 the following visitation procedure will be allowed:

  • 3 Adult visitors can be allowed during visitation hours 9a-7p
    • The patient will identify who the 3 visitors are
    • The 3 visitors will be banded and listed on the visitation form
    • 1 visitor (who counts in the 3 visitors)may stay 24/7
    • Visitors cannot change out. The visitors must wear the visitation band OR show identification which is compared to the original list produced by the patient at admission
  • Triage patients may have 1 visitor
  • All visitors need to be 18 years of age or older, unless they are the significant other of the delivering patient
    • FBP staff may ask for I.D. for proof of age
  • All visitors will complete a temperature screening on admission to the Family Birth Place Entrance
  • Visitors are expected to wear a mask at all times while in the hospital
  • Intermediate Care Nursery Visitors are restricted to banded support people
    • Both banded support adults can visit together in the ICN
    • During high census the nursery reserves the right to ask visitors to limit to 1 person to help maintain space between infant beds

Temperature and symptom checks will be performed on all Support Persons before they are permitted to enter the unit.

  • The Support Person must be healthy and must wear a mask at all times while in the building.
  • The Support Person can leave and return to the Family Birth Place as needed, but a mask must be worn. We ask that this be kept to a minimum.
  • If the Support Person has a fever, cough, or exhibits shortness of breath, he/she will be given a mask to wear and sent home. They will not be permitted in the Family Birth Place, including the Nursery or Special Care Nursery.
  • A Certified Doula will be permitted in the Family Birth Place provided they do not have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. The Doula must wear at all times while in the building.
  • The Doula can leave and return to the Family Birth Place as needed but a mask must be worn. We ask that this be kept to a minimum.

The Mother of the Baby and the banded Support Person can visit the baby, one at a time, in the Nursery or Special Care Nursery. A mask must be worn at all times. Resources website page.

*+Vista Medical Center East

Updated / checked 10/13. Although the published policy has been revised to allow only one visitor, L& D confirms that doulas are still being allowed for Covid- mothers.

From the hospital’s website:

SAFETY FIRST:
LIMITED VISITATION POLICY UPDATED:
Sept 7, 2021

Vista Health System has implemented a limited visitation policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

General Visitation Guidelines

  • COVID negative patients are allowed two (2) visitors.
  • No visitors (0) are allowed for COVID positive patients.
  • Visitors must be age 18 or older, except for in special circumstances, and then must be approved by attending physician and nursing supervisor.
  • Visitors must wear masks at ALL times, including in-patient rooms.
  • Visitors are not allowed to eat, drink or remove masks in patient rooms
  • Visitors must be screened upon arrival and wear a visitor wristband.
  • Visitors may NOT remain in patient rooms while aerosolizing procedures occur.

Visiting Hours

  • 10 am – 6 pm daily