In addition to your regular birth planning it is suggested that you have some options in mind since things could suddenly change and we want to help you feel supported during this important time. Right now, your partner or support person can come into the hospital for your labour and birth. We are currently in stage 5 of our pandemic plan at the hospital. If we reach stage 6 visitors and support persons may be restricted entirely. The up-to-date visitor policy will always be available on the COVID-19 website.
Please remember that visitors with symptoms will not be permitted to enter the hospital. It is a good idea to have another support person lined up in case your partner or support happens to become ill. Midwives are still providing care in the hospital. Unfortunately, doulas are not able to physically attend births at this time unless you choose them as your support person. We hope you can use your doula virtually while in the hospital and then in the postpartum period at home if this is something you are interested in arranging.
A couple of other things to keep in mind:
- If you need to stay close to the hospital, we recommend advanced planning to book a hotel.
- If your spouse or support has travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days, at the time of your admission, they will not be permitted to enter the hospital.
Make sure you are also prepared for once you get home! Have supplies and medications ready, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, available for after birth. Have diapers, any essential baby supplies and groceries ready so you can continue to quarantine. Ask your family and friends to help by obtaining whatever you might need and dropping it off to you to minimize your risk!