For so many, jumping into your local moms Facebook group of googling is our go to for answers. But when it comes to birthing during Covid, it’s important to have answers straight from the source. If you are preparing for your birth, here are a few ways to understand what to expect from your labor and delivery unit. Keep in mind, protocol is changing daily, be sure to get these answers now, and again within a week or so of your estimated due date.
Ask your OBGYN:
Every hospital functions differently, and likely, your OBGYN has been kept in the loop for the delivery units protocol. During your next appointment, ask them to fill you in.
Call your local hospital:
Call the facility you are delivering at and ask to speak to the labor and delivery unit. Once transferred, ask to speak to the charge nurse. Get an understanding of the protocol from them as well. While your OBGYN likely has the answers, these nurses are in the trenches and are first to know of updated policies, and more...
Here are 10 questions to ask your provider and delivery unit prior to your estimated due date regarding Covid. Things change daily so make sure you take notes and revisit these as frequently as you need to.
Be sure to not only ask just one question -- you should ask this list of questions to both your provider and the delivery unit. While both have updated protocol, each perspective and exposure is different. You will get a broad picture of each question which should bring a better understanding.
1) Do I need to pre-register or fill out paperwork prior to delivery?
Most hospitals require pre-registration paperwork. Prior to Covid, it would normally be a form you could mail directly to the hospital. In many cases, this process has become digital. Make sure you get it filled out early and confirm how you will know if everything is completed.
2) Do I or my partner need a negative test prior to being in labor?
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Doctor appointments with your partner:
Most practices are not allowing extra people at appointments. You can try adjusting your care to a midwifery practice for a home birth option or go virtual! Try utilizing FaceTime or Zoom with your partner during your visits.
Hospital based or in person classes are not being offered right now. Try an online class or a pre-recorded class like our Prenatal Companion Course. Both options secure the education you need to prepare for birth.
A group tour of the hospital probably isn’t an option anymore. Ask if your delivery unit offers private tours or online virtual video tours. Remember, you can always call the unit directly to ask questions.
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