Pregnant and Concerned about COVID-19? We’re Here to Help

The COVID-19 pandemic is a trying time for all of us, but expecting families may be especially anxious over the prospect of delivering their baby in a hospital. Others may be worried about access to childbirth and breastfeeding classes now that on-site classes have been canceled.  

Here at South Shore Health, we want to assure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to keep you safe on our maternity units.

Below are answers to questions related to our safety and visitor policies, as well as resources for online and digital learning:

What safety precautions is South Shore Hospital taking?

We have an Incident Command System in place around the clock. This group monitors information as it comes in from state and federal government and manages situations as they arise. We are following all CDC and state guidelines, screening patients, and following protocols for use of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Additionally, we’re working to keep patients who don’t need COVID-19 care separate from those who do. Our ambulatory testing happens in tents away from the hospital.

What visitor restrictions are in place at South Shore Hospital?

To protect the health of patients and staff, we are restricting ALL visitors - unless pre-approved by each patient's care team under extenuating circumstances.

Certain exceptions to these restrictions do apply to our maternity units.

In the Labor & Delivery and Maternity units, your significant other will be allowed to stay for the duration of her labor, delivery, and post-partum stay. We are screening all support people before they are allowed to stay.

We strongly recommend that the support person stays in the room. If they leave, they may not be allowed back in. If you have a doula, they can be with you for labor and birth only.

We will take care of food for your support person. Patients may order food for their support person through the Birthing Unit Room Service menu while on the Birthing Unit, or through the Nutrition Representatives on the Mother-Infant Unit.

Parents of babies who need care from our Special Care Nursery or NICU are allowed to visit the baby between the hours of 8AM and 8PM.

In addition, all visitors are directed to enter/exit the hospital through the Main entrance between the hours of 5 AM - 8 PM. After hours, visitors will need to enter through the Emergency Room entrance.

We know it’s difficult to have these limits in place. But they are essential to protect the health of all patients and staff. We encourage all patients to communicate with their wider families through Skype, FaceTime, and other means as appropriate. (South Shore Hospital does offer guest WiFi.)

Where can I find online childbirth education material?

We recommend you download the South Shore Hospital (SSH) Pregnancy App for access to a plethora of free information and videos on labor and birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. 

Learn more about the SSH Babies app, including links to download it on your device.

For more information, there are many free and affordable childbirth class available online. We like BabyCenter’s video series and Lamaze online classes.

Do you offer a virtual tour of the South Shore Hospital Birthing Unit?

Yes we do! Watch it below, or find it in the SSH Pregnancy App.

In closing, I want to say how deeply grateful I am to the providers who continue to come in and provide world-class care to our expecting moms. Seeing families welcome new babies is a bright spot for all of us at South Shore Health during this challenging time. 

This blog was updated on April 6 to reflect a change in visiting hours for patients in the Special Care Nursery and NICU.

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