To those who are delivering here soon at Riverview Health during the COVID-19 pandemic—take a deep breath. We know that there is a lot of uncertainty right now and you may be feeling anxious. Please rest assured that the Riverview Health maternity team is doing everything possible to ensure a healthy environment for your labor, delivery and postpartum experience.
To keep you informed, here are some things you can expect when you come to Riverview Health for your delivery:
The doctors and nurses will all be wearing masks. Don’t be alarmed—our team is opting to wear masks for all patient care (even when healthy) to add another layer of protection for you and your baby.
You and your support person must also wear masks. Riverview Health has implemented a strict mask policy for all visitors and patients. However, this only applies to you when there are hospital staff in the room with you, and you do not need to wear a mask while pushing during labor. If you choose to walk the halls, you must wear a mask.
You may have one overnight support person during your stay. This overnight support person must remain the same person throughout your stay. Your overnight support person may leave the unit if needed. The patient may be tested for COVID-19, depending on symptoms or exposure.
You may also have two visitors. Each maternity patient is also allowed two visitors in addition to her overnight support person. The visitors and overnight support person may leave the unit as needed.
All visitors must:
— Be age 18 or older
— Not be ill
— Bring and wear a mask
— Not gather in public areas or waiting rooms
We have all the supplies you will need for your baby. As always, the maternity unit will provide diapers, wipes, lactation supplies or formula so you don’t have to worry about packing those items. For our breastfeeding moms, we also coordinate with our Women’s Boutique regarding the Medela breast pumps for home.
If you or your partner have concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your physician’s office or email OBeducation@riverview.org. We want you to feel as calm and confident in our maternity unit as we are, and we can’t wait to see you soon for this happy chapter of your life.