COVID-19 UPDATE: Labor and delivery companion and doula policies

 

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.

IMPORTANT:

*Asterisk identifies all hospitals where doulas are allowed in addition to the mother’s partner/spouse. These include hospitals that allow 2 visitors and those that are making a specific exception for doulas. About 40% of maternity hospitals in Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties are in this category.

+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.

*Advocate Christ Medical Center

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate Condell Medical Center

Updated /checked  3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate Sherman Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Advocate Trinity Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

From the Advocate Aurora system website:

Doula and partner allowed in labor & delivery:

No-visitor policy

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 include:

  • **************
  • Companion of laboring mother (1) and, if applicable, 1 midwife/doula
  • **************

To support this safety measure, all potential visitors are being screened even if they are not in the exception category, including delivery personnel. All visitors who meet the above criteria must pass a health screening to enter the facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

+AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D and postpartum, where one support person is allowed. If the support person leaves, they cannot come back in.  [confirmed with L&D on 3/29]

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide. [Confirmed by email 3/24] :

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

+AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D and postpartum, where one support person is allowed. [confirmed with L&D on 3/29]

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide. [Confirmed by email 3/24]:

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

+AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D, where one visitor is allowed. [confirmed with L&D on 3/28]

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide [Confirmed by email 3/24]:

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D (but not postpartum), where one visitor is allowed. That person will not be readmitted if they leave the unit, so no switching. [Confirmed with L&D on 3/29)

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide [Confirmed by email 3/24] :

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

+AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D and postpartum, where one support person is allowed. If the support person leaves the unit, they may not be readmitted. [confirmed with L&D on 3/29]

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide:

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

+AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital Evanston

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D and postpartum, where one support person is allowed.

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide [Confirmed by email 3/24] :

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

+AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D and postpartum, where one support person is allowed. [Confirmed with Hospital receptionist on 3/29.]

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide [Confirmed by email 3/24]:

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

+AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D and postpartum, where one visitor is allowed.

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide [Confirmed by email 3/24]:

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

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

Updated /checked 3/30.

+One visitor, no exception for doulas.

The AMITA Health website shows this hospital as having “Full visitor restrictions” (see policy below). However, an unwritten exception is being made in L&D and postpartum, where one visitor is allowed.

+The Facebook page for OMG Midwives has posted the following regarding Hinsdale Hospital, and suggests that the same policy applies system-wide [Confirmed by email 3/24]:

As of tomorrow morning (3/17) at 7am, no doulas will be allowed with patients unless that is your only visitor in L&D and postpartum/Mother-baby. The one visitor restriction will be enforced from check in to discharge and it must be the same person. This support person will not be able to switch out as was previously allowed. This is a decision that was made system-wide for all Amita hospitals. Only one adult visitor allowed per patient will be enforced at all hospitals system-wide. The only exceptions being made are in pediatrics/NICU. Both parents will be allowed, but not at the same time.

From AMITA Health website:

Full Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, [this hospital is] limiting visitors until further notice. If you have a loved one in our care, please contact them by telephone.

*+The Birth Center at PCC

Updated / checked 3/27.

Source: Email to BirthGuide from Mary Sommers on 3/20.

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

Edward Hospital

Updated 3/27.

Confirmed by email from EE Health marketing department on 3/27: 

As of 3/27, only one companion. Edward Hospital is no longer making an exception for doulas. 

From the Edward-Elmhurst Health website:

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 pediatric patients and infants.

We understand this change will represent a significant hardship for both patients and families. This was a difficult decision, but one we feel is critically important to protect the patients who have entrusted us with their care, their families, our staff and the communities we serve.

The following changes have been implemented at Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals:

  • No one under the age of 18 may visit.
  • No visitors will be allowed in adult inpatient units. Please note these exceptions:
    • ******************
    • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one partner. While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner.
    • All visitors will be screened at the information desk nearest to their point of entry to the medical center. (See “What is the visitor screening process?” for more details.) Visitors who have flu-like symptoms should not visit patients.
Elmhurst Hospital

Confirmed by email from EE Health marketing department on 3/27: 

As of 3/27, only one companion. Edward Hospital is no longer making an exception for doulas. 

From the Edward-Elmhurst Health website (“Common Questions: Edward Elmhurst Health: Are there visitor restrictions?”):

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 pediatric patients and infants.

We understand this change will represent a significant hardship for both patients and families. This was a difficult decision, but one we feel is critically important to protect the patients who have entrusted us with their care, their families, our staff and the communities we serve.

The following changes have been implemented at Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals:

  • No one under the age of 18 may visit.
  • No visitors will be allowed in adult inpatient units. Please note these exceptions:
    • ******************
    • Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one partner. While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner.
    • All visitors will be screened at the information desk nearest to their point of entry to the medical center. (See “What is the visitor screening process?” for more details.) Visitors who have flu-like symptoms should not visit patients.
Evanston Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 3/29.

From the NorthShore University HealthSystem website:

LABOR & DELIVERY/ISCU/POST-PARTUM PATIENTS: Only the partner or one visitor who is screened and not at risk for COVID-19 may visit at a time. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the unit’s nursing staff and the patient’s physician.

Franciscan Health Family Birth Center

Updated /checked 3/30.

No more than one visitor.

From Franciscan Health website:

With the continued spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus and flu season, no visitors will be permitted to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields will enhance visitor restrictions and screenings effective at 8 p.m., Monday, March 16.

Exceptions may be considered in the following circumstances where one healthy adult visitor per patient may be allowed:

******************

  • Labor and Delivery and Special Care Nursery (Franciscan Family Birth Center)

For the safety of patients and staff, the restrictions include:

  • Appropriate and approved visitors will be screened at the entrances. If a visitor has a fever of 100.4º F or higher or has other symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, chills, nausea or vomiting), they will not be allowed to enter the hospital to visit.
  • Appropriate and approved visitors who pass the health screenings will receive a sticker for the day.
  • Any COVID-19 positive inpatient will not be allowed visitors, except the parent of a child who is a patient with COVID-19.

All hospital clinical staff will be screened at their respective units and departments at the beginning of their shifts.

Visitors arriving with children younger than 18, cannot enter the hospital with the child.

Highland Park Hospital – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Updated /checked 3/29.

From the NorthShore University HealthSystem website:

LABOR & DELIVERY/ISCU/POST-PARTUM PATIENTS: Only the partner or one visitor who is screened and not at risk for COVID-19 may visit at a time. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the unit’s nursing staff and the patient’s physician.

Holy Cross Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

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 3/30.

Source: Statement on Coronavirus Visitor Restrictions.

Visitor Restrictions for Family Birth Center:

  • Family Birth Center patients in Labor and Delivery and the Post-Partum Unit may only have one support person.
  • No change in support person is allowed.
  • No visitors under 18 will be allowed.
+Loyola University Medical Center

Updated / checked 3/30.

+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. That person cannot switch with anyone else once they come into the unit. This applies system wide.

Source: BirthGuide call with Labor & Delivery at MacNeal Hospital on 3/29. We understand policy is consistent throughout Loyola Medicine system.

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions


Due to COVID-19, Loyola Medicine hospitals will not be allowing visitors for your safety and the safety of our patients, our caregivers and our community members until further notice.

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.  On 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 3/30.

+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. That person cannot switch with anyone else once they come into the unit. This applies system wide.

Source: BirthGuide call with L&D at MacNeal Hospital on 3/29. We understand policy is consistent throughout Loyola Medicine system.

From Loyola Medicine website:

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions


Due to COVID-19, Loyola Medicine hospitals will not be allowing visitors for your safety and the safety of our patients, our caregivers and our community members until further notice.

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.  On 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 3/30.

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 3/30.

From Sinai System website:

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

  • For mothers in labor, limit to one support person per patient.
*Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights

Checked 3/30.

From Northwest Community Hospital website

Doula and partner allowed.

The following visitor restrictions will be put in place starting March 14, until further notice:

  • No visitors will be permitted in adult inpatient units. Please note these visitor exceptions:
    • Critically ill/end of life patients – the number of visitors will be managed by the care team
    • Our pediatric patient population may have one visitor. 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.
  • Adult patients undergoing surgery may have one visitor for the duration of the procedure.
  • Patients in our outpatient clinics may have one support person.
  • Emergency Department patients may have one support person.
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Updated 3/30.

One visitor allowed. No specific exceptions for doulas.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented a no-visitor policy in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites. In cases where this policy may have long-term negative health impacts for the patient, some exceptions may be made. Exceptions to this policy include:

  • *******************
  • Laboring mother (limited to one visitor 18 or older)

All patients and visitors will be asked if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu. Visitors indicating or showing signs of illness during this screening process will not be allowed to visit or accompany the patient. Patients and visitors who complete the screening will be given a badge to proceed. Patients and visitors without a badge will be asked to return to the screening location to complete their screening.

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Updated 3/30.

One visitor allowed. No specific exceptions for doulas.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented a no-visitor policy in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites. In cases where this policy may have long-term negative health impacts for the patient, some exceptions may be made. Exceptions to this policy include:

  • *******************
  • Laboring mother (limited to one visitor 18 or older)

All patients and visitors will be asked if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu. Visitors indicating or showing signs of illness during this screening process will not be allowed to visit or accompany the patient. Patients and visitors who complete the screening will be given a badge to proceed. Patients and visitors without a badge will be asked to return to the screening location to complete their screening.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Updated 3/30.

One visitor allowed. No specific exceptions for doulas.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented a no-visitor policy in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites. In cases where this policy may have long-term negative health impacts for the patient, some exceptions may be made. Exceptions to this policy include:

  • *******************
  • Laboring mother (limited to one visitor 18 or older)

All patients and visitors will be asked if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu. Visitors indicating or showing signs of illness during this screening process will not be allowed to visit or accompany the patient. Patients and visitors who complete the screening will be given a badge to proceed. Patients and visitors without a badge will be asked to return to the screening location to complete their screening.

Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital

Updated 3/30.

One visitor allowed. No specific exceptions for doulas.

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

For the continued safety of patients, physicians, staff and the community, Northwestern Medicine has implemented a no-visitor policy in all of our inpatient and outpatient care sites. In cases where this policy may have long-term negative health impacts for the patient, some exceptions may be made. Exceptions to this policy include:

  • *******************
  • Laboring mother (limited to one visitor 18 or older)

All patients and visitors will be asked if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu. Visitors indicating or showing signs of illness during this screening process will not be allowed to visit or accompany the patient. Patients and visitors who complete the screening will be given a badge to proceed. Patients and visitors without a badge will be asked to return to the screening location to complete their screening.

+Norwegian American Hospital

Updated / checked 3/29.

+Although the hospital website suggests no visitors (see below), there is an exception in Labor and Delivery, where one “significant other” is allowed.  [confirmed 3/24]

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 3/28.

+One support person allowed and they cannot switch with someone else. Source: BirthGuide call to Labor & Delivery department on 3/23.

This is an exception to the general visitor policy on the hospital website:

From hospital website:

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center, in conjunction with the Cook County Health Department, has issued the following temporary visitor restrictions during continued widespread seasonal influenza activity and the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to protect our patients and community, NO visitors will be allowed at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center until further notice. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. The changes are effective immediately.

Palos Hospital

Updated / checked 3/30.

From the hospital website:

No visitors at this time

In an effort to keep our patients and our health care professionals safe, we are not allowing any visitors. (Our Birthing Center is the exception, one support person will be permitted.)

Rush Copley Medical Center

Checked/updated 3/30.

From email to BirthGuide from Mindee Zilic, CNM: Policy is “one partner and one doula for delivery, one partner for postpartum. No visitors under 18.” (different from Rush system policy below).

From the Rush system website:

New restrictions regarding visitors, beginning Friday, March 13

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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.
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  • 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 3/30.

From the Rush system website:

New restrictions regarding visitors, beginning Friday, March 13

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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.
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  • 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 3/30.

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 3/28.

Confirmed by phone call to L& D  3/27:

+Doulas are considered part of the birth team and will be allowed into the labor room in addition to one other companion, notwithstanding the policy quoted below. The doula should bring a business card or other certification to verify her role. Partner and doula will be screened and cannot switch out.

St. Bernard Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

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 Hospital

Updated /checked 3/30.

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 3/30.

Source: Statement on Coronavirus Visitor Restrictions.

Visitor Restrictions for Family Birth Center:

  • Family Birth Center patients in Labor and Delivery and the Post-Partum Unit may only have one support person.
  • No change in support person is allowed.
  • No visitors under 18 will be allowed.
University of Illinois / UI Health

Updated / checked 3/30.

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:

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*Patients in the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby units may have one visitor.
No one under the age of 18 may visit.

+*West Suburban Medical Center

Updated / checked 3/30.

+West Suburban’s written policy restricts most visitors. (see below). However,  according to Gayle Reidmann, CNM on 3/30, West Suburban continues to allow doulas, in addition to the mother’s partner. The doula needs to bring a business card or other certification to verify her role. Once admitted to the Family Birth Place, both partner and doula will need to stay in the room; they cannot leave the unit and then return. Three meals a day are provided for mother and partner.

From the hospital website:

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020

Effective immediately and until further notice, we are restricting all visitors. Exceptions may apply for certain patients and will be decided on a case-by-case review.

Please be aware of the following visitor restrictions:

  • No one under the age of 18 may visit.
  • No visitors will be allowed in the inpatient units — exceptions include critically ill/end of life patients.
  • Patients undergoing surgery may have one visitor for the duration of the procedure.
  • All visitors will be screened at the hospital entrances. Visitors with flu-like symptoms will be prohibited from entry.
*Vista Medical Center East

Updated / checked 3/30.

Two visitors allowed in L&D.

From the hospital’s website:

Effective immediately and until further notice, NO VISITORS will be allowed at Vista Health System with a few exceptions noted below. All visitors who meet the exception criteria noted below must be 18 years of age or older and pass a health screening.

Exceptions:

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  • Partner/support person of laboring mother (2 visitors)