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We have created safe and convenient ways to care for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy or join us for our monthly virtual Q&A hotline to speak directly with our obstetric experts to ask questions. Visit this page for the latest updates to visitor guidelines at BIDMC.
Two to three days prior to your scheduled appointment, you will receive a call from our staff assessing your health with questions related to symptoms of COVID-19. If there are concerns about possible exposure or infection, additional screening and changes to your appointment may be made.
Everyone is required to wear a surgical mask in the hospital. You will be provided one upon entry to our lobby.
All patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms via questions by our patient greeting staff in the lobby.
Social distancing will keep everyone healthy. You will find signage and markings in place to maintain social distance between you and other people.
Magazines and multi-touch flyers have been removed from the waiting area.
BIDMC staff complete a daily symptom assessment, and don't come to work unless feeling healthy. This is one of the ways we keep everyone safe.
As part of the check in process, you will be escorted to the exam room as soon possible and will often be a waiting space.
Exam rooms and high contact surfaces are thoroughly disinfected after each patient encounter.
All patients are offered testing for COVID-19. For those with a scheduled delivery, this will happen within 72 hours before arrival. For most, this testing will happen once you are comfortable in your own private room on Labor and Delivery.
We are committed to your choice of having a support person with you for labor and your postpartum stay. You may have one or two support persons with you, who must be free of COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days prior to your admission. Please check with your obstetrician or attend our virtual Q&A hotline for the most up-to-date information.
If you do have a support person accompanying you, this person must remain with you for the duration of your postpartum stay, and must wear a BIDMC-issued surgical mask. Support persons are not permitted to leave and re-enter the hospital.
Postpartum patients who have had a negative test for COVID-19 may have two visitors at a time, following the regular hospital policies. Hours are 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Pack an overnight bag with essentials for yourself and your support person.
Remember to bring your car seat with you when you arrive at Labor and Delivery.
Room service is available from about 7:00 am to 7:00 pm every day.
After the baby is born, local restaurants will deliver food to our main entrance. Ask your nurse about how we can help safely retrieve your order for you.
We are here to support the birth experience that you choose. Hydrotherapy is available, as are squatting bars, birthing balls and peanut cushions.
Our nurses and lactation consultants are ready to help get breastfeeding off to a great start.
Please join our obstetric and childbirth education experts on the second Thursday of every month for an informal, open discussion about pregnancy and childbirth. We'll answer all of your questions related to COVID-19 and pregnancy and will discuss what to expect when you come for labor and delivery. Register for the Zoom webinar here.