[updated July 21, 2021] COVID-19 UPDATE: Can my doula be with me? Can my partner be with me?

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

The only six hospitals that continue to have restrictive policies in place at this time are:

  • AMITA Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago (unlike other AMITA hospitals, no exception for doulas)
  • Humboldt Park Health (formerly Norwegian American Hospital)
  • 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)
  • 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  7/14

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: Two visitors at a time plus one doula permitted

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 room: Two parents or caregivers permitted
      NICU open-pod room: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
*Advocate Condell Medical Center

Updated /checked  7/14

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: Two visitors at a time plus one doula permitted

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 room: Two parents or caregivers permitted
      NICU open-pod room: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
*Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Updated /checked  7/14

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

      • Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
      • ***
      • Two parents/caregivers for visits in NICU private rooms or one parent/caregiver for NICU open-pod configuration rooms
*Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Updated /checked  7/14

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: Two visitors at a time plus one doula permitted

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 room: Two parents or caregivers permitted
      NICU open-pod room: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
*Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Updated /checked  7/14

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: Two visitors at a time plus one doula permitted

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 room: Two parents or caregivers permitted
      NICU open-pod room: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
*Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Updated /checked  7/14

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: Two visitors at a time plus one doula permitted

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 room: Two parents or caregivers permitted
      NICU open-pod room: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
*Advocate Sherman Hospital

Updated /checked  7/14

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

      • Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
      • ***
      • Two parents/caregivers for visits in NICU private rooms or one parent/caregiver for NICU open-pod configuration rooms
*Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Updated /checked  7/14

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: Two visitors at a time plus one doula permitted

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 room: Two parents or caregivers permitted
      NICU open-pod room: Two parents or caregivers at a time permitted Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
*Advocate Trinity Hospital

Updated /checked  7/14

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

      • Two parents/caregivers allowed at the same time for inpatient visits
      • ***
      • Two parents/caregivers for visits in NICU private rooms or one parent/caregiver for NICU open-pod configuration rooms
*+AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks

Updated /checked 7/14

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 7/14.

+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 7/14.

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 Mercy Medical Center Aurora

Updated /checked 7/14.

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 Resurrection Medical Center Chicago

Updated /checked 7/14.

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.  Credentials must be presented and doctor informed BEFORE mother arrives for birth.

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 7/14

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 7/14.

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 St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates | AMITA Health Women & Children’s Hospital Hoffman Estates

Updated /checked 7/14.

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.
*+The Birth Center at PCC

Doula and partner plus one family member and siblings.

Updated / checked 7/14.

Source: Email to BirthGuide from Mary Sommers.

*+Edward Hospital

Updated 7/14/2021

Partner and doula allowed.

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

Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby patients are allowed one Care Partner throughout the labor and delivery process, and who may remain with the patient on the Mother-Baby unit 24 hours a day. One additional visitor is allowed in Labor & Delivery with unlimited visiting hours and on the Mother-Baby unit during the normal visiting hours of 7am to 8pm. There may not be more than two people in the room at any given time (Care Partner plus one visitor). One visitor must leave the unit before another will be admitted.

*+Elmhurst Hospital

Updated 7/14/2021

Partner and doula allowed.

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

Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby patients are allowed one Care Partner throughout the labor and delivery process, and who may remain with the patient on the Mother-Baby unit 24 hours a day. One additional visitor is allowed in Labor & Delivery with unlimited visiting hours and on the Mother-Baby unit during the normal visiting hours of 7am to 8pm. There may not be more than two people in the room at any given time (Care Partner plus one visitor). One visitor must leave the unit before another will be admitted.

*Evanston Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 7/14

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 two visitors. The doula 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. The doula may stay for up to four hours total.
  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  7/14

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 7/14.

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 two visitors. The doula 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. The doula may stay for up to four hours total.
  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.
*Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Updated / checked 7/14

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 7/14.

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 7/14.

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 7/21.

Although the Sinai system website reflects a one visitor policy, we have confirmed with the hospital that the current policy is to allow a doula in addition to 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 7/14

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 2 visitors at a time plus one partner for the entire stay
  • 1 doula (must be the same doula) for the duration of the birth parent’s stay

Mother Baby

  • Up to 2 visitors at a time plus one partner for the entire stay
  • Visitors must be 18 years and older
*Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Updated 7/14

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 7/14

 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 7/14

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 7/14

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.
+Norwegian American Hospital / Humbolt Park Health

Updated / checked 7/127

+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 this individual needs to leave the hospital they can return during normal visiting hours currently 11-5pm.

If the patient is planning to have a doula in attendance, either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72hours of the patients admission would be required.

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.

*+OSF Little Company of Mary Hospital

Updated /checked 7/14/2021. 

L&D confirmed that hospital IS currently allowing a mother to have doula in addition to her partner, despite written “one support person” policy. (7/14)

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 7/12/2021

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.

*Rush Copley Medical Center

Checked/updated 7/14

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 one support person.

*Rush University Medical Center

Checked/updated 7/14

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

  • 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 7/14

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 Deliver and Mother Baby Unit will allow one visitor
  • Pediatric Unit will allow one visitor
  • Surgery may have one support person
*Silver Cross Hospital

Updated 7/14

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

From the hospital website:

* All non-COVID Silver Cross inpatients are allowed 2 visitors at a time for the duration of their inpatient stay effective Monday, June 15, 2021.

While in Labor and Delivery, patients may have 2 visitors at a time throughout the entire episode of care, who screens negative and is asymptomatic. You are also allowed one certified doula who screens negative and is asymptomatic.

The family of each neonate and pediatric patient is welcome to have one primary caregiver who screens negative and is asymptomatic for the duration of the hospital stay.

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 7/14.

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 7/14

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 7/27

From the hospital website:

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 7/14.

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 7/14.

From the hospital’s website:

SAFETY FIRST:
LIMITED VISITATION POLICY UPDATED:
June 11, 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