[partially updated June 28, 2022] COVID-19 UPDATE: Can both my doula and my partner be with me?

At this point (late-February 2022), most Chicago-area hospitals and birth centers are allowing a laboring mother be accompanied by both her doula and her partner.

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

%Percent identifies hospitals where doulas must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.

*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 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
*Advocate Condell Medical Center

Updated /checked 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
*Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Updated /checked 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
*%Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Updated /checked 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
*Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Updated /checked 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
*Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Updated /checked  2/9

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 permitted. 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 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
*Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Updated /checked 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
*Advocate Trinity Hospital

Updated /checked 6/28

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

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Visitor policy

All Advocate Aurora Health facilities have a visitor policy in place to ensure safe care. This policy is part of our Safe Care Promise and ensures patients receive the care and support they need while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Visitors, support people and chaperones are allowed for all patients. Our care team may limit visitors, support people and chaperones if there’s a health or safety risk to the patient, visitor or care team.
  • Masks are required inside our facilities regardless of vaccination status, and visitors must pass health screening requirements.
  • Visitors of patients in transmission-based isolation (including COVID-19) must follow proper personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions such as wearing a gown, gloves, etc. as instructed by our care team.
  • Visitors of pediatric patients must be 18 years old or older and authorized by a parent or caregiver. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
AdventHealth Bolingbrook

 

+AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Glen Oaks

Updated /checked 6/28

Currently allowing doula and partner throughout labor. Will change depending on COVID rates in the surrounding area. (CAll to L&D 6/28)

*+%AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale

Updated /checked 2/9 .

+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 and proof of vaccination (as per L&D ).

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 2/9.

+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. Mother should let her physician know before labor that she will have 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 Mercy Medical Center Aurora

Updated /checked 12/30.

+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  2/9

+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 and proof of vaccination or negative covid test.

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 12/30.

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 6/28

During visiting hours, doula allowed, but only one companion outside of visiting hours. (call to L&D charge nurse on 6/28)

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

Updated /checked 2/9/2022.

Doula and support person allowed. Although written policy below states that laboring mother can have only one companion, hospital is currently allowing two companions. Need to bring certification and proof of vaccination including booster.

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 12/27

Source: Call to Birth Center 12/27.

*The Birth Center of Chicago

Three support companions plus one labor doula. 

Updated / checked 12/30/2021.

*Burr Ridge Birth Center

Three support companions plus one labor doula. 

Updated / checked 12/30/2021.

*Edward Hospital

Updated 6/29

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

Labor and Delivery
Patients may have one support person 24/7.
• The patient may also have two visitors who can rotate 24/7.
• During the second stage of labor/delivery, the patient can have a support person plus one visitor (not including a Doula).
Mother/Baby
Patients may have one support person 24/7.
• Two visitors may rotate during visiting hours.

*Elmhurst Hospital

Updated 6/29

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

Labor and Delivery
Patients may have one support person 24/7.
• The patient may also have two visitors who can rotate 24/7.
• During the second stage of labor/delivery, the patient can have a support person plus one visitor (not including a Doula).
Mother/Baby
Patients may have one support person 24/7.
• Two visitors may rotate during visiting hours.

*%Evanston Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 6/29

Doulas and partner allowed. Doula must show proof of certification and vaccination.

From the hospital website:

Labor & Delivery/Post-Partum Patients

  1. Two visitors who pass the screening (see Visitor Screening Process) may visit.
  2. A doula may visit in addition to the visitors 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 2/9

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 significant other will be allowed to visit child in the Special Care Nursery with daily screening for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms required. Failure to pass screening will result in a denial of visitation. (In extraordinary/end-of-life situations, the facility may allow an additional 1 – 2 visitors to visit, provided proper social distancing and PPE usage are followed.) Additional visitors must wait outside of hospital. *Covid status of either parent may change visitation guidelines..
*%Highland Park Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 2/9

Doulas and partner allowed. Doula must show proof of certification and vaccination.

From the hospital website:

Labor & Delivery/ISCU/Post-Partum Patients

  1. Only the partner or one visitor who passes the screening and adheres to our PPE requirements, 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.
    1. PPE requirements include double masking, eye protection, hand hygiene and we will encourage booster receipt if eligible.
  2. A doula must show proof of being vaccinated and certified.
  3. The 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.
  4. Once the mother enters post-partum phase of care (2-4 hours after delivery), the doula must leave the hospital and may not return.
  5. Doulas are not permitted in the operating room but may rejoin the patient in Labor & Delivery to assist with breastfeeding after a C-section.
*+Humbolt Park Health [formerly Norwegian American Hospital]

Updated / checked 2/9

+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 cannot come and go but needs to stay for one continuous visit. 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 6/29/2020

Labor & Delivery/Post-Partum Patients

    1. Two visitors who pass the screening (see Visitor Screening Process) may visit.
    2. A doula may visit in addition to the visitors 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..
Loyola University Medical Center

Updated / checked 2/17

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

Women’s Health/Pediatric/Neonatal

  • Labor & Delivery/Postpartum: visitors limited to one support person.
  • Pediatrics/Pediatric ICU: visitation limited to parents only, one at a time.
  • Neonatal: visitation limited to parents only, one at a time.
MacNeal Hospital

Updated / checked 2/17

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

Women’s Health/Pediatric/Neonatal

  • Labor & Delivery/Postpartum: visitors limited to one support person.
  • Pediatrics/Pediatric ICU: visitation limited to parents only, one at a time.
  • Neonatal: visitation limited to parents only, one at a time.
*Mount Sinai Hospital

Update 2/17

Manager of women and children service confirms that doulas can be allowed. Best to arrange ahead of time with the L&D unit.

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 2/17

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

  • 1 visitor per day and
  • 1 visitor/partner for the entire stay
*Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Updated 12/27

One support person and one doula.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: November 18

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

  • 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 12/27

 Doula allowed in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: November 18

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

  • 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 peopleone 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 12/27

Doula allowed in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: November 18

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

  • 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 peopleone 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 12/27

Doula allowed in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: November 18

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

  • 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 peopleone 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 2/17

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 12/27

Doula allowed in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

“Last updated: November 18

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

  • 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 peopleone 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.
*Rush Copley Medical Center

Checked/updated 2/17

Partner and doula are both allowed. Doula needs to show proof of certification.

From the Rush system website:

Updated Feb. 7, 2022

Rush Copley has modified the Limited Visitor Policy to help preserve the health and safety of our patients, staff, visitors and students.

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.

Updated 12/23/2021

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.
*%Rush University Medical Center

Checked/updated 2/17

Partner and doula are both allowed. Doula needs to show proof of certification and proof of vaccination.

From the Rush system website:

Updated Feb. 9, 2022

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

INPATIENT

  • No one under the age of 18 may visit.
  • Two visitors will be allowed for non-COVID patients in adult medical, surgical, behavioral health and rehabilitation inpatient units.
  • Minors:
    • NICU – two parents or surrogates with unit level enforcement
    • PICU – two parents or surrogates with unit level enforcement
    • PEDS – two parents or surrogates with unit level enforcement
    • Labor and Delivery – two support persons
    • 8 Atrium – two support persons
Saint Anthony Hospital

Updated / checked 2/17

One visitor, no exception for doulas.

From hospital website:

  • Labor and Delivery and Maternity can have one support person. This support person cannot leave the premises and re-enter the hospital. The support person may be required to leave if no private rooms are available.
*+Silver Cross Hospital

Updated 2/17/2022

Doulas with certification will be allowed in the labor room along with the woman‘s partner allowed in Labor & Delivery. Doula should bring evidence of accreditation.

From the hospital website:

Beginning Monday, January 31, 2022:

LABOR/DELIVERY UNIT, NEWBORN NURSERY AND PEDIATRIC UNITS

Patients in PEDIATRICS, LABOR AND DELIVERY and the NEWBORN
NURSERY may have 2 designated visitors throughout the duration of a
patient’s 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 2/17/22.

Proof of doula certification and vaccination required.

From hospital website:

Updated and effective February 10,2022

Labor & Delivery/Post-Partum Patients

  1. Two visitors who pass the screening (see Visitor Screening Process) may visit.
  2. A doula may visit in addition to the visitors 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.
*+University of Chicago Medicine

Updated / checked 2/9/22

+Partner and certified doula allowed as long as doula is covid negative, symptom free and brings credentials. (Call to birth center 2/9.)

Source: Family Birth Center Visitor Guidelines

Last updated: December 22, 2021

Visitor access is limited and outlined below. In some cases, visitor access may not be allowed at all. Limited exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

    • Triage

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

      • One support person is allowed.

      • The designated support person cannot switch out with others.

      • Additionally, for patients who test negative for COVID-19, a doula is allowed during labor by exception only.
    • Antepartum and 3N Obstetrics & Newborn
      • Visiting hours:
        9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

        • One support person is allowed.
        • The designated support person cannot switch out with others.
        • Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the Family Lounge.
    • 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

Although the hospital website reflects a one- companion policy, the hospital has confirmed that a laboring mother may have her partner AND her doula with her.

Updated / checked 2/21/22

From the hospital website:

(effective Feb 10, 2021)

Labor & Delivery/Mother Baby and Neonatal ICU

  1. L&D/Mother Baby may have one designated visitor according to 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.
  5. Antepartum patients may have one visitor per day during the hours of 10 am to 7 pm
*+West Suburban Medical Center

Updated / checked 2/17/22.

+Although not addressed in the policy below, doula and partner are allowed. Doula should wear an N95 mask. (Call with Family Birth Place 12/27) 

Letter to staff from Interim Manager of the Family Birth Place dated 12/30:

“For Labor/Delivery: one support person and a doula are allowed.

  • If the patient is COVID positive, one support person is allowed and will need to stay in the hospital for the duration of the admission.

For OB Triage: one person can accompany the patient. If patient is admitted, she will need to decide who will be her support person throughout labor or hospital stay.

For Nursery: Both parents or mother of the baby and person who has the band can visit the baby but one at a time. Only one visitor per baby.

For Mother/Baby: Only the person who has the band is allowed.

Please advise ALL visitors that it is highly encouraged that they limit the number of times they leave and return to the unit”

From the hospital website:

  • Inpatients:
      • Patients in any type of isolation, including COVID, may not be visited during the hospital stay.
      • Visitation hours are 11 AM – 7 PM daily.
      • One visitor at a time, will be allowed for patients on medical, surgical, and rehabilitation inpatient units.
      • Visitors must check in at the nursing station. Anyone with flu-like symptoms will be prohibited from entry.
      • Visitors will be directed to follow infection prevention protocols and provided with face coverings/masks to wear, as per the most current CDC guidelines.
      • Visitation for critically ill/end of life patients will be managed on a case-by-case basis.

 

*+Vista Medical Center East

Updated / checked 2/17. 

On 2/18, policy will change back to allow 2 visitors, so that doula and one companion can remain with mother throughout labor. (call to L&D)

From the hospital’s website:

SAFETY FIRST:
VISITATION POLICY UPDATED: February 4, 2022

Vista Health System has implemented a limited visitation policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Visitation Guidelines

  • COVID negative patients are allowed one (1) designated visitor per day (pediatric patients may have two visitors). Other visitors may not wait in the waiting area (including the front lobby), they must remain outside of the building (i.e. in their cars or at home.)
  • 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 be screened upon arrival and wear a visitor wristband.
  • 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 may NOT remain in patient rooms while aerosolizing procedures occur.

Visiting Hours

  • 10 am – 6 pm daily