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Protecting You and Your Baby

Delivering at St. Luke’s during COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, your birth experience may be different than what you expected. While our policies and procedures for patients continue to change and evolve as we learn more about this virus, our focus is always on keeping you safe and following your birth plan as closely as possible.

From the time you arrive at St. Luke’s in labor, to the emotional moment of delivery, to your recovery and discharge, you can count on excellent care and meticulous safety precautions for you and your new baby. Here’s what you need to know:

Arrival

  • Follow the signs to enter, typically through the main entrance. Other entrances are likely closed. After hours, enter through the Emergency Department.
  • You may have one support person with you, depending on their and your COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
  • You and your partner may be screened for COVID-19. This may include walking through a thermal scanner, depending on location.
  • Visitors are restricted but we encourage you to bring a device so you can video chat with family and friends.
  • All staff will be wearing masks and other protective gear.
  • Your care team will be taking additional precautions throughout your stay to keep you safe.

After Baby Arrives

  • If you have a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms, we will follow CDC recommendations for precautions.
  • Practice good handwashing and sanitization before and after breastfeeding and diapering.
  • Room service for meals will be available for mom. Your support person can bring in snacks.

Discharge & Follow-up

  • You can be discharged as early as 24 hours after delivery, depending on your and your baby’s health.
  • Be sure to keep your follow-up for you and your baby. Well-baby and post-delivery visits are extremely important to catch any possible complications and ensure the best health for both you and your baby. All St. Luke’s clinics are taking extra safety precautions to keep you and your child safe, including video visits and separate scheduling times for children who have been exposed to COVID-19.

As always, please talk with your doctor or nurse-midwife about your questions or concerns—before, during and after your baby is born.