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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 mask or a cloth face covering in the hospital. If you do not have one, the hospital will provide 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.
At check in, we will not pass paper or pens back and forth and will not have you sign hospital or clinical consents. All information will be reviewed and verbal consent documented in place of written consent.
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. Your support person 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 should wear a mask. Support persons are not permitted to leave and re-enter the hospital.
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 7am to 7pm 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.
We understand this is an exciting and stressful time to have a baby. Please join our obstetric experts every Monday for an informal, open discussion. We'll answer all of your questions related to COVID-19 and pregnancy.
Join us for a free online Q&A session with Jessica McCann, RN, Program Manager of Childbirth Education at BIDMC. Get all your questions about labor and delivery answered. Register for our free online Q&A session.