COVID-19 UPDATE: Can my doula be with me? Can my partner be with me?

Most Chicago-area hospitals (nearly two-thirds) are currently allowing a laboring mother be accompanied by both her doula and her partner. And all Chicago-area hospitals allow a laboring woman to have at least one companion (except, in some cases, if she tests positive for Covid-19).

Below are the policies currently in place at 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  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

  • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate Condell Medical Center

Updated /checked  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

  • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Updated /checked  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

    • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Updated /checked 11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

    • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Updated /checked  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

  • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Updated /checked  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

  • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate Sherman Hospital

Updated /checked  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

  • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Updated /checked  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

  • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
*Advocate Trinity Hospital

Updated /checked  11/25.

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:

Locations with a no-visitor policy

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. Virtual visits are available so patients can stay connected to loved ones.

Exceptions to “no visitor” policy:

[Applies to both “Non-COVID-19 patients” and to “COVID-19-positive patients & patients suspected of having COVID-19”]

  • One designated asymptomatic companion to a laboring mother and one certified doula
AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks

Updated /checked 11/25.

One support person only.

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 11/25

Doula and support person are allowed.

Although the official AMITA Health visitor policy does not reflect the exception, Hinsdale Hospital is allowing a certified doula in addition to the mother’s partner or support person. Source: local doula and confirmed with Labor & Delivery department. Doula should bring credentials.

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 11/25.

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 Mercy Medical Center Aurora

Updated /checked 11/25.

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 Resurrection Medical Center Chicago

Updated /checked 11/25.

Doula and support person are allowed.

Although the official AMITA Health visitor policy does not reflect the exception, the hospital is currently allowing a certified doula in addition to the mother’s partner or support person. Source: local doula and confirmed with Labor & Delivery department. Doula should bring credentials. This could change given uptick in COVID-19.

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 11/25.

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 11/25.

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

Updated /checked 11/25.

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.
*+The Birth Center at PCC

Doula and partner plus one family member.

Updated / checked 11/25.

Source: Email to BirthGuide from Mary Sommers.

No children allowed at birth. One family member in addition to partner and doula.

Edward Hospital

Updated 11/25.

One support person only.

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

Care Partner visiting guidelines

  • Care Partners must be 18 years of age or older
  • Care Partner visiting hours are 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. No one is allowed to enter the building after 7 p.m. and Care Partners cannot stay overnight. Any Care Partners not wearing a mask or refusing to practice appropriate hand hygiene will be asked to leave. If they have their own surgical or cloth mask that is clean and dry, they will be allowed to wear it. If not, a surgical mask will be provided.
  • Care Partners must wear the provided wristband anytime they are in the hospital. Wristbands may be worn by designated care partners only and are not to be traded among visitors.
  • Care Partners can access the hospital cafeterias/coffee shops.
  • Care partners will be screened when they enter the building and must use ONLY the East entrance at Elmhurst and the North or South at Edward.

Please note these exceptions:

  • *****
  • Labor and Delivery patients are allowed one care partner who may be present to provide support throughout the labor and delivery process, and may remain with the patient on the Mother-Baby unit, including overnight. Labor and Delivery patients are allowed one care partner who may be present to provide support throughout the labor and delivery process, and may remain with the patient on the Mother-Baby unit, including overnight. Certified doulas are not allowed in addition to the care partner at this time.
Elmhurst Hospital

Updated 11/25.

One support person only.

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

Care Partner visiting guidelines

  • Care Partners must be 18 years of age or older
  • Care Partner visiting hours are 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. No one is allowed to enter the building after 7 p.m. and Care Partners cannot stay overnight. Any Care Partners not wearing a mask or refusing to practice appropriate hand hygiene will be asked to leave. If they have their own surgical or cloth mask that is clean and dry, they will be allowed to wear it. If not, a surgical mask will be provided.
  • Care Partners must wear the provided wristband anytime they are in the hospital. Wristbands may be worn by designated care partners only and are not to be traded among visitors.
  • Care Partners can access the hospital cafeterias/coffee shops.
  • Care partners will be screened when they enter the building and must use ONLY the East entrance at Elmhurst and the North or South at Edward.

Please note these exceptions:

  • *****
  • Labor and Delivery patients are allowed one care partner who may be present to provide support throughout the labor and delivery process, and may remain with the patient on the Mother-Baby unit, including overnight. Certified doulas are not allowed in addition to the care partner at this time.
*Evanston Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 11/25.

From the hospital website:

Labor & Delivery/ISCU/Post-Partum Patients:

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

Updated /checked  11/25.

From Franciscan Health website:

All visitation continues to be suspended throughout Franciscan Health hospitals unless listed in the following exceptions for healthy visitors.

Hospitals will continue screening all visitors to determine if they are at risk for COVID-19 or other communicable diseases. Those who do not pass screenings will not be permitted to enter the hospital. All visitors will be required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene. Visitors must be 18 or older.

  • Labor & Delivery: A laboring woman will be allowed one visitor, a spouse or partner during labor and delivery. In addition, a labor coach will be allowed.
  • NICU: Mother and significant other will be allowed to visit child in NICU 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.)
*Highland Park Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 11/25.

From the hospital website:

Labor & Delivery/ISCU/Post-Partum Patients:

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

Updated /checked 11/25.

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.
*Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Updated / checked 11/25

Partner and certified doula allowed. Confirmed with the Family Birth Center on 11/6.

Source: Statement on Coronavirus Visitor Restrictions.

Additional Restrictions for the Family Birth Center

  • All patients may have one designated support person.
  • No change in support person is allowed.
  • All support people must remain within the patient room, but can leave the hospital and return.
  • Doulas must provide a copy of their certification in order to be allowed for in-person support. If credentials are not available, patients may connect with doulas virtually.
+Loyola University Medical Center

Updated / checked 11/25.

+While the Loyola Medicine system website suggests no visitors (see below), one support person will be allowed throughout labor, delivery and postpartum in-hospital stay. The partner can come in to the hospital only after the mother is admitted. The partner won’t be readmitted if they leave the hospital. This applies system wide.

Source: BirthGuide call with Labor & Delivery at MacNeal on 10/13. We understand policy is consistent throughout Loyola Medicine system.

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions


Protecting our patients is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, Loyola Medicine hospitals (Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital) will no longer allow visitors as a precaution for your safety and the safety of our patients, our caregivers and our community members.

On rare occasions, adult visitors will be allowed access to patient areas if they are important to the patient’s emotional well-being and care. In those rare occasions, the visitor will be screened for COVID-19 exposure based on established Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

If allowed, visitors are limited to one person at one time in the patient room.

+MacNeal Hospital

Updated 11/25.

+While the Loyola Medicine system website suggests no visitors (see below), one healthy support person will be allowed throughout labor, delivery and postpartum in-hospital stay. The partner can come in to the hospital only after the mother is admitted. The partner is encouraged to stay in the room as much as possible throughout labor and delivery.

Source: BirthGuide call with L&D at MacNeal Hospital on 10/13.

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions


Protecting our patients is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, Loyola Medicine hospitals (Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital) will no longer allow visitors as a precaution for your safety and the safety of our patients, our caregivers and our community members.

On rare occasions, adult visitors will be allowed access to patient areas if they are important to the patient’s emotional well-being and care. In those rare occasions, the visitor will be screened for COVID-19 exposure based on established Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

If allowed, visitors are limited to one person at one time in the patient room.

*Mercy Hospital and Medical Center

Updated /checked 11/25

Doula and partner allowed.

From the hospital’s website:

NO VISITORS, with few exceptions, will be allowed in the hospital and outpatient care areas until further notice.

We understand that family is an important part of the patient’s healing process and we highly encourage ongoing communication between family and patient by phone calls. Our care teams will communicate regularly with families to keep them up-to-date on the care of their loved ones.

Hospital Visitor Restrictions:  

  • NO VISITORS are permitted on all inpatient units
  • Exception:
  • *****************
  • Obstetrics (OB): The laboring mother may have one support person age 18 or older, and midwife/doula that remains the same through labor/delivery and post-delivery  
Mount Sinai Hospital

Updated 11/25

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 11/25.

From Northwest Community Hospital website

Doula and partner allowed.

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

  • Our pediatric population may have one visitor. Our NICU population may have two parent visitors. While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner and one doula, if needed. Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one partner.
*Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Updated 11/25.

The hospital website has been recently updated to explicitly allow a doula in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

Last updated: November 19, 2020

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 and Emergency Department Visitor Policies

The following visitor policies are now in effect for all Northwestern Medicine hospitals.

  • Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed during visitor hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.

* * *

  • Patients in labor may have a support person and a doula. Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed for patients who are postpartum.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened 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.

 

*+Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Updated 11/25.

The hospital website has been recently updated to explicitly allow a doula in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

Last updated: November 19, 2020

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 and Emergency Department Visitor Policies

The following visitor policies are now in effect for all Northwestern Medicine hospitals.

  • Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed during visitor hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.

* * *

  • Patients in labor may have a support person and a doula. Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed for patients who are postpartum.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened 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.

 

*Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Updated 11/25.

The hospital website has been recently updated to explicitly allow a doula in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

Last updated: November 19, 2020

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 and Emergency Department Visitor Policies

The following visitor policies are now in effect for all Northwestern Medicine hospitals.

  • Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed during visitor hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.

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  • Patients in labor may have a support person and a doula. Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed for patients who are postpartum.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened 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.
*Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital

Updated 11/25.

The hospital website has been recently updated to explicitly allow a doula in addition to one support person.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

Last updated: November 19, 2020

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 and Emergency Department Visitor Policies

The following visitor policies are now in effect for all Northwestern Medicine hospitals.

  • Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed during visitor hours for inpatients not being treated for COVID-19.

* * *

  • Patients in labor may have a support person and a doula. Two designated visitors (one in the patient’s room at a time) are allowed for patients who are postpartum.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened 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.

+Norwegian American Hospital

Updated / checked 11/25.

+Although the hospital website suggests no visitors (see below), there is an exception in Labor and Delivery, where one “significant other” is allowed.

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.

Source: Susan Wucka, Director Maternal Child and Surgical Services in email to BirthGuide

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 11/6.  L&D confirmed that hospital IS currently allowing a mother to have doula in adidtion to her partner, despite written “one support person” policy.

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 11/125

Only one support person.

From the hospital website:

Inpatient Visiting

Effective November 10, 2020,  visiting will be temporarily suspended until November 18, 2020 at which time a reevaluation of our visiting policy will occur.

Mother/Baby
The mother’s primary support person is allowed 24-hour visitation.

*Rush Copley Medical Center

Checked/updated 11/25.

Partner and doula are both allowed. 

From the Rush system website:

Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in our community.

Effective immediately and until further notice, we are not allowing visitors in most of our inpatient and outpatient areas.

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Please note limited exceptions in the following areas:

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Family Birth Center

Patients in the Mother/Baby Unit may have one partner. While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner and one doula (certified) if needed.

NICU

Patients in the NICU may have one visitor, parent or legal guardian only.

*Rush University Medical Center

Checked/updated 11/25.

Partner and doula are both allowed. 

From the Rush system website:

In an effort to protect patients, their families and everyone at Rush, we have made some changes to our visitor policy in response to the resurgence of COVID-19 in our community.

Effective immediately and until further notice, we are not allowing visitors in most of our inpatient and outpatient areas. Exceptions have been made for certain patient groups, including children.

As part of our continued safety efforts, all patients will be screened for potential contact with someone who is sick or present any symptoms, which include fever, rash, cough or shortness of breath, and recent international travel in the last 30 days. While COVID has become widespread there are other viral illnesses that necessitate the need for continued travel screening.

The following changes have been implemented across the Medical Center:

  • No one under the age of 18 may visit.
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  • Our pediatric patient population, including general pediatrics, PICU and NICU (patients under the age of 18), may have one parent/guardian.
  • Labor and Delivery patients can have one support person and one doula, if needed.
  • After delivery, postpartum recovery patients may have one support person.
Saint Anthony Hospital

Updated / checked 11/25.

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 11/25.

+Doula and partner allowed in Labor & Delivery. Doula should bring evidence of accreditation. Confirmed with Labor & Delivery on 11/7

From the hospital website:

Emergency Department, Procedural Care Unit & OB: 1 visitor is allowed, but it must be the same visitor throughout the entire episode of care.

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 11/25.

+While the hospital website reflects a one visitor policy, Swedish Covenant Hospital will allow a laboring woman be accompanied by both a partner/support person and a certified doula.

From hospital website:

In order to protect our patients and employees, visitation to all inpatients will not be allowed.
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We acknowledge there may be extenuating circumstances which will require exceptions to this temporary policy. These exceptions include:

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Family Birthing Center

Labor & Delivery/Postpartum:

    • Only one support person who passes the visitor screening may visit.

Intermediate Care Nursery:

    Only mom and a designated support person will be allowed to visit the newborn in the Intermediate Care Nursery. Only one person will be allowed at the baby’s bedside at a time to ensure social distancing.  Visitors must pass the visitor screening.
*+University of Chicago Medicine

Updated / checked 11/25

Partner and certified doula allowed. Confirmed with the Family Birth Center on 11/6 that the policy allows a doula in addition to partner/support person.

Source: Statement on Coronavirus Visitor Restrictions.

Additional Restrictions for the Family Birth Center

    • All patients may have one designated support person.
    • No change in support person is allowed.
    • All support people must remain within the patient room, but can leave the hospital and return.
    • Doulas must provide a copy of their certification in order to be allowed for in-person support. If credentials are not available, patients may connect with doulas virtually.
University of Illinois / UI Health

One support person only.

Updated / checked 11/25.

From the hospital website:

(Effective October 30, 2020)

The safety of our patients, staff, and communities remains a top priority at UI Health. Due COVID positivity rates and COVID positive patients at UI Health, effective immediately and until further notice, visitation is not allowed in our adult inpatient and outpatient care sites.

The following visitation protocols remain in effect:

  • No Visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit.
  • Visitors must undergo temperature and symptom screening upon arrival, wear a mask, and perform hand hygiene. Masks will be provided at all entry points at all times.
  • Visitors will be screened for symptoms (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, and fever) and contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Anyone who has a fever or is showing signs of illness during screening or during visitation will not be allowed to visit or accompany the patient.
  • While in effect, Visitors will be screened for compliance with Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order.  Travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases must quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of the last contact within the identified state.  The list of states will be updated every Tuesday and effective the following Friday.

In support of critical and special needs, patient visitation is allowed with exceptions in the following areas listed below:

  • Women in labor and post-delivery can have one visitor present at all times.
*West Suburban Medical Center

Updated / checked 11/25.

Doula and Partner are allowed. 

From the hospital website:

Family Birth Place:

        • One (1) healthy Support Person is allowed and must be the same person from admission to discharge. The Support Person cannot be under the age of 18, unless it is the Father of the Baby or the patient’s partner.
          • 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.

      Thank you for your understanding and during this difficult time. For more information about our policies and procedures please visit our Coronavirus Resources website page.

+Vista Medical Center East

Updated / checked 11/19.

+One support person only.

The policy posted on the hospital website says “no visitors”, but the Labor & Delivery department confirmed that one visitor is still being allowed after the mother has been through triage and been admitted.

From the hospital’s website:

SAFETY FIRST:
VISITOR POLICY UPDATE November 3, 2020

Until further notice, NO VISITORS will be allowed at Vista Health System.