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

 

BirthGuide is contacting Chicago-area hospitals and birth professionals to get updates on any policy changes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak relating to:

  • the number of companions / support people allowed in the room during labor and delivery;
  • how the policy applies to doulas.

Some of this information comes from official channels. Some comes from practitioners who work at the hospital but may not speak for the hospital. We have included the source of our information, wherever possible.

ALL CHICAGO-AREA HOSPITALS STILL ALLOW A LABORING MOTHER TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE COMPANION (except in some cases when mother is positive for COVID-19).

IMPORTANT:

*Asterisk identifies all hospitals where doulas are allowed in addition to the mother’s partner/spouse. Over a third of maternity hospitals in Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties allow doulas, and that number is now increasing as hospitals policies on doulas are beginning to loosen again.

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

Updated /checked  7/1.

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, policy for “No visitor locations”:

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. This is a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions:

  • Pediatric caregivers (1)
  • Asymptomatic companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate Condell Medical Center

Updated /checked  7/1.

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:

Guidelines [for “limited-visitor locations”]:

  • Designated visitor or support person (1) for non-COVID-19 patients
  • ******************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Updated /checked  7/1.

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:

Guidelines [for “limited-visitor locations”]:

  • Designated visitor or support person (1) for non-COVID-19 patients
  • ******************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Updated /checked  7/1.

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:

Guidelines [for “limited-visitor locations”]:

  • Designated visitor or support person (1) for non-COVID-19 patients
  • This includes inpatient hospital visitation and outpatient hospital department-based appointments and procedures (excludes physician offices)
  • Designated support person (1 per day) for asymptomatic patients in Emergency Department
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Updated /checked  7/1.

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, policy for “No visitor locations”:

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. This is a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions:

  • Pediatric caregivers (1)
  • Asymptomatic companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Updated /checked  7/1.

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, policy for “No visitor locations”:

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. This is a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions:

  • Pediatric caregivers (1)
  • Asymptomatic companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate Sherman Hospital

Updated /checked  7/1.

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, policy for “No visitor locations”:

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. This is a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions:

  • Pediatric caregivers (1)
  • Asymptomatic companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Updated /checked  7/1.

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, policy for “No visitor locations”:

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. This is a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions:

  • Pediatric caregivers (1)
  • Asymptomatic companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
*Advocate Trinity Hospital

Updated /checked  7/1.

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, policy for “No visitor locations”:

To keep our patients and team members safe, no visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed until further notice. This is a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions:

  • Pediatric caregivers (1)
  • Asymptomatic companion of laboring mother (1) and certified doula (1)
AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks

Updated /checked 7/1.

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 Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale

Updated /checked 7/1.

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 Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village

Updated /checked 7/1.

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 7/1.

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 7/1.

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 Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago

Updated /checked 7/1.

One visitor, no exception for doulas.

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

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

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

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

Updated /checked 7/1.

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 7/1.

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 7/1.

Source: Email to BirthGuide from Mary Sommers.

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

Edward Hospital

Updated 7/1.

One support person. 

Edward-Elmhurst loosened visitor restrictions on June 3. The policy for L&D and postpartum is still as stated below, however.

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

Please see the revised Visitor Policy . . . and watch for more information as we broaden our visitor policy over the next several weeks.

Please note these exceptions to the visitor policy:

    • ******************
    • Our pediatric patient population, including general pediatrics, PICU, NICU, and the Special Care Nursery (patients under the age of 18), may have two visitors (parents only).
    • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one partner.
    • While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner or support person who may spend the night.
Elmhurst Hospital

Updated 7/1.

One support person. 

Edward-Elmhurst loosened visitor restrictions on June 3. The policy for L&D and postpartum is still as stated below, however.

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

Please see the revised Visitor Policy . . . and watch for more information as we broaden our visitor policy over the next several weeks.

Please note these exceptions to the visitor policy:

  • ******************
  • Our pediatric patient population, including general pediatrics, PICU, NICU, and the Special Care Nursery (patients under the age of 18), may have two visitors (parents only).
  • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one partner.
  • While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner or support person who may spend the night.
Evanston Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 7/1.

From the NorthShore University HealthSystem website:

LABOR & DELIVERY/ISCU/POST-PARTUM PATIENTS: 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.

* Visitor Screening Process
Upon arrival to the hospital or site of care, the visitor (18 years of age or older) will have their temperature taken and
will be re-screened for new onset of any one of the following symptoms or exposures:
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Congestion
4. Sore Throat
5. Runny Nose
6. Shortness of Breath
7. Muscle Aches
8. Decrease in sense of smell or taste
9. Anorexia
10. Chills or shaking chills
11. Headache
12. Diarrhea, nausea, or other GI symptoms
13. Personal diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
14. Contact with a person quarantined or confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
If the visitor has a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater OR responds yes to ANY one of the symptoms or
exposures, they will not be allowed to enter the hospital.
The visitor will be asked to wear a standard mask and instructed to wear the mask, covering their nose and
mouth.

*Franciscan Health Family Birth Center

Updated /checked  7/1.

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 7/1.

From the NorthShore University HealthSystem website:

LABOR & DELIVERY/ISCU/POST-PARTUM PATIENTS: 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.

* Visitor Screening Process
Upon arrival to the hospital or site of care, the visitor (18 years of age or older) will have their temperature taken and
will be re-screened for new onset of any one of the following symptoms or exposures:
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Congestion
4. Sore Throat
5. Runny Nose
6. Shortness of Breath
7. Muscle Aches
8. Decrease in sense of smell or taste
9. Anorexia
10. Chills or shaking chills
11. Headache
12. Diarrhea, nausea, or other GI symptoms
13. Personal diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
14. Contact with a person quarantined or confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
If the visitor has a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater OR responds yes to ANY one of the symptoms or
exposures, they will not be allowed to enter the hospital.
The visitor will be asked to wear a standard mask and instructed to wear the mask, covering their nose and
mouth.

Holy Cross Hospital

Updated /checked 7/1.

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 7/1.

Source: Statement on Coronavirus Visitor Restrictions.

Visitor Restrictions for Family Birth Center:

  • All patients may have one designated support person.
  • No change in support person is allowed.
  • Exceptions for doulas during labor can be made by the unit manager or their designee.
  • All support people must remain within the patient room, but can leave the hospital and return.
  • No support people with influenza-like illness are allowed. If symptoms develop while in the unit, the person will be asked to leave. Another symptom-free support person will be allowed.
  • Anyone with a fever, cough or flu-like illnesses will not be allowed.
  • No visitors under 18 will be allowed.
  • Everyone must follow all safety rules on the signs outside patient rooms. If you are not sure what to do, ask a healthcare provider before entering the room.
+Loyola University Medical Center

Updated / checked 7/1.

+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 5/29. 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 7/1.

+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 5/29.

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 7/1.

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 7/1.

From Sinai System website:

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

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

Checked 7/1.

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 7/1

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

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

All visitors or companions must be 18 or older.

Inpatients at the hospital

  • Two designated visitors per calendar day are allowed between 10 am and 7 pm for patients not being treated for COVID-19.
    • The two visitors must remain the same during the 24-hour period.
  • One designated visitor and a Doula for patients in labor; the same support person and a designated visitor for post-delivery obstetrics patients.
  • Visitors must check in at the front desk, be screened and wear a badge indicating that they have been screened.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room.

Outside of visiting hours, visitors are not allowed except for the following:

  • ******
  • Patients in Pediatrics/NICU/PICU can have two visitors at a time.
  • Patients in labor may have a support person and a Doula.
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Updated 7/1.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

All visitors or companions must be 18 or older.

Inpatients at the hospital

  • Two designated visitors at a time are allowed between 10 am and 7 pm for patients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Patients in the New Life Maternity Center can have one visitor.
  • Visitors must be identified by the clinical team during the registration process.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room.

Outside of visiting hours (10 am to 7 pm), visitors are not allowed except for the following:

******

  • Patients in the New Life Maternity Center can have one visitor.
*Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Updated 7/1.

Two visitors allowed as of June 11, including “partner and support person”.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

All visitors or companions must be 18 or older.

Inpatients at the hospital

  • Two visitors at a time are allowed between 10 am and 6 pm for patients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Two designated visitors for patients in the obstetrics unit.
  • Visitors must be identified by the patient’s clinical team during the registration process .
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room.

Outside of visiting hours (10 am to 6 pm), visitors are not allowed except for the following:

  • ******
  • Partner and support person of patients in labor.
*+Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital

Updated 7/1.

The hospital website is being updated frequently to reflect more liberal visiting policies. While the updated policy does not explicitly allow a doula in addition to one support person, we have heard from multiple sources that credentialed doulas will be allowed in addition to the partner.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

All visitors or companions must be 18 or older.

Inpatients for . . . Prentice Women’s Hospital (Oncology and Antepartum/Postpartum floors):

  • Two visitors are allowed at the same time between 10 am and 6 pm for patients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Visitors must be identified by the patient’s clinical team during the registration process.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room.

Outside of visiting hours (10 am to 7 pm), visitors are not allowed except for the following:

  • ******
  • Patients in the Neonatal ICU can have two visitors, one at a time.
  • ******
  • Patients in labor and delivery can have one visitor.
+Norwegian American Hospital

Updated / checked 7/1.

+Although the hospital website suggests no visitors (see below), there is an exception in Labor and Delivery, where one “significant other” is allowed.  [confirmed 5/4]

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 7/1.

+One support person allowed and can’t switch out with someone else. The single support person cannot leave the unit. Meals provided for partner.  Source: BirthGuide call to Labor & Delivery department on 5/29.

From hospital website:

During your stay, you will be asked to identify one support person who can participate in your care. If the support person is not someone who can be physically present with you, the Mission Partners involved in your care will make an effort to engage with that person digitally using an array of communication tools and technologies.

At times when a support person is physically present in an OSF facility, they should expect to be screened when they arrive for fever or other symptoms. They should also plan to bring a cloth mask or face covering, which they will be expected to wear at all times.

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Palos Hospital

Updated / checked 7/1.

From the hospital website:

Effective July 1, 2020, visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • For the safety of you, our patients and visitors, patients are limited to two visitors (18+) at a time.
  • All visitors must wear a face mask to help protect you, our patients and staff during your visit. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one.
  • All visitors must check-in at our visitor reception area.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout our facility. Please use it regularly during your visits. Be sure to use before and after entering a patient’s room.
  • Please refrain from visiting if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as a fever or cough.
  • Hospital visits may be restricted by nursing staff or health care providers based on the condition of the patient, the need to provide clinical assessment of care, or to help prevent the spread of infection.
*Rush Copley Medical Center

Checked/updated 7/1.

Partner and doula. Doula needs to bring evidence of certification. Source: Report by local doula.

From the Rush system website:

+Note: Rush Copley policy is not to allow visitors younger than 18.

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The following changes have been implemented across the Medical Center:

  • No one under the age of 12 may visit.*****
  • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one partner. While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner and one doula if needed.
  • *******
  • All visitors will be screened at the information desk nearest to their point of entry to the medical center. Visitors who have flu-like symptoms should not visit patients.
*Rush University Medical Center

Checked/updated 7/1.

Partner and doula. Doula needs to bring evidence of certification. Source: Report by local doula.

From the Rush system website:

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The following changes have been implemented across the Medical Center:

  • No one under the age of 12 may visit.*****
  • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one partner. While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner and one doula if needed.
  • *******
  • All visitors will be screened at the information desk nearest to their point of entry to the medical center. Visitors who have flu-like symptoms should not visit patients.
Saint Anthony Hospital

Updated / checked 7/1.

One visitor, no exception for doulas.

From hospital website:

Effective immediately and until further notice:

No visitors under the age of 18

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

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

Updated 7/1.

Doula and partner allowed in Labor & Delivery.

From the hospital website:

Visitor Restrictions

Out of an abundance of caution, and effective immediately and until further notice, Silver Cross is restricting visitation in our hospital and outpatient departments, including the emergency department.

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If you are allowed to visit due to an exception you will be screened.

The following changes have been implemented, including shortened visitor hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • All visitors must pass a health screening.
  • No one under the age of 18 may visit.
  • No visitors will be allowed in inpatient, outpatient and emergency departments. Please note these exceptions:
    • *********************
    • While in Labor and Delivery, patients may have one partner (same person) and one doula if needed.
    • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one visitor (same person).
St. Bernard Hospital

Updated /checked 6/16.

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

From the hospital website:

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

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

Updated /checked 7/1.

+While the hospital website still reflects a one visitor policy, Swedish Covenant Hospital will now allow a laboring woman be accompanied by both a partner/support person and a doula if permission is requested ahead of time.

From a handout provided to Family Birthing Center patients:

  • All patients admitted to the Family Birthing Center are allowed one visitor for the duration of their stay. No visitors switching in and out.
  • Doulas will be permitted in L&D to support patients through labor, delivery and the recovery period (2 hours after birth).  Doulas are required to follow the remaining guidelines set forth in this document.  
  • All visitors must have a visitors screening.  Any visitor that answers ‘yes’ to any questions will not be allowed to visit. 
    • Fever ≥ 99.5 F and/or chills 
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath (new/different from dyspnea related to pregnancy)
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
    • GI symptoms: nausea/vomiting/diarrhea 
    • Anorexia (loss of appetite)
    • Have you been tested for COVID-19?
  • Visitors will not be allowed to the unit unless the patient is admitted for labor and delivery or cesarean section. 
  • All visitors must remain in the hospital.  They may leave the unit to go to the cafeteria, but may not leave the hospital.  If they leave, they many not reenter.   
  • All visitors will have their temperatures checked upon initial entry to the unit and twice daily, at 8am and 8pm.  Visitors will be asked to leave if their temperature is ≥ 99.5.
  • The Waiting Room is closed.  If visitors need to wait for any reason, the waiting room on GMP 2 or the lobby in GMP 1 are open.  They may also chose to wait in their car.
  • Only shelf stable, prepackaged foods may be brought from home.  Food may be ordered and delivered through a delivery service 6:30 am – 10pm.  Food must be picked up inside the building at 5140 N. California Ave.  No home cooked meals. 
  • Visitors and patients will not have access to the fridge or microwave.  Staff may not assist in heating food.

Visitors for patients that are COVID (+) or PUI

  • Visitor must meet above screening criteria. 
  • Visitor must wear a mask for the duration of the stay.
  • Visitor may not leave the patient’s room.  If they leave, they may not reenter. 
  • Visitors will be supplied meal trays.  
  • Only shelf stable, prepackaged foods may be brought from home.  Food may NOT be ordered or delivered through a delivery service or family member.
  • Doulas will not be allowed with COVID+ or PUI patients.   

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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  • Obstetric Patients:
    • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit: Will be allowed one support person for duration of hospitalization.
    • Patients in Labor and Delivery: Will be allowed one support person for duration of time spent in Labor & Delivery.

If the need for an exception arises, the patient’s nurse will arrange for a Visitation Form that our front desk will maintain. The identified approved visitor will be asked to show valid picture ID upon arrival and will be screened verbally for the criteria associated with COVID-19. Visitors will also be required to be masked and follow proper hand hygiene prior to proceeding.

 

*University of Chicago Medicine

Updated / checked 7/1.

Source: Statement on Coronavirus Visitor Restrictions.

Visitor Restrictions for Family Birth Center:

  • All patients may have one designated support person.
  • No change in support person is allowed.
  • Exceptions for doulas during labor can be made by the unit manager or their designee.
  • All support people must remain within the patient room, but can leave the hospital and return.
  • No support people with influenza-like illness are allowed. If symptoms develop while in the unit, the person will be asked to leave. Another symptom-free support person will be allowed.
  • Anyone with a fever, cough or flu-like illnesses will not be allowed.
  • No visitors under 18 will be allowed.
  • Everyone must follow all safety rules on the signs outside patient rooms. If you are not sure what to do, ask a healthcare provider before entering the room.
University of Illinois / UI Health

Updated / checked 7/1.

From the hospital website:

Effective Saturday, March 14, no visitors will be allowed at the University of Illinois Hospital.

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Exceptions have been made for certain patient groups, including:

  • Women giving birth: Patients who are about to give birth can have one visitor present at all times.
  • ************
  • General outpatient pediatrics: Patients under the age of 18 may have one visitor. Patients in the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby units may have one visitor.
*West Suburban Medical Center

Updated / checked 7/1.

Doula and Partner are allowed. 

Email from WSMC Clinical Nurse Educator: “No one is allowed when the mother is in triage.  Once she is admitted her support person and doula are welcome.” For an induction,”we recommend they come when the mother is feeling she needs more support instead of at the beginning of an induction.”

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 partner of the patient. The support person must be healthy.
      • **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.
      • **A Certified Doula will be permitted provided they do not have a cough, fever or shortness of breath.
+Vista Medical Center East

Updated / checked 7/1.

+One support person only.

The policy posted on the hospital website changed on May 1 to remove the exception allowing one visitor in Labor & Delivery. However, the Labor & Delivery department confirmed that one visitor is still being allowed after the mother has been through triage and been admitted. A partner is allowed even if the mother tests positive or is symptomatic for COVID-19, but in that case the partner needs to stay with her and cannot leave the room during labor. Confirmed 5/18.

From the hospital’s website:

SAFETY FIRST:
VISITOR POLICY UPDATE MAY 1, 2020

Effective immediately and until further notice, NO VISITORS will be allowed at Vista Health System.