Doulas and COVID-19
Support and Safety Matter
During this uncertain time as we face a pandemic of COVID-19, the health and safety of my clients and their families is priority. I have always followed, and will continue to follow strict handwashing protocols, wear a mask, as well as offering options to connect other than in person for interviews and prenatal meetings, such as video chatting, text and email.
Currently, though most area hospitals are restricting visitors or allowing just one support person in the labor and postpartum room,
Tucson Medical Center (TMC):
beginning September 14, 2020, TMC is rolling out their pilot program to welcome doulas back in the hospital . They understand the importance of doula support, and our doula community is so thankful! I took the mandatory PPE class and will be able to support my clients who choose to birth at TMC either in the Birth Center or on the Labor & Delivery Unit. For clients who choose to birth elsewhere Doulas like myself are getting creative with alternative support methods, such as extra education/support prior to labor, video support during labor, text messaging with support person and of course phone calls as needed by you and your support person. We can even meet outside, being mindful of "social distancing". We can also discuss postpartum care in lieu of birth support if the situation arises. I will address each unique situation as it comes, and work hard to keep my clients happy and satisfied despite the hardship this virus has brought to our community.
Northwest Women's Center:
I Just got word from the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator at Northwest Women's Center that the visiting policy has been changed once again due to the upswing of COVID-19 cases in Pima County. They have removed visiting hours. There can be no support person in Triage, but laboring woman is allowed one support person once she is in her labor room. That support person must remain the same throughout the duration of her stay. If the laboring woman is Covid positive, she cannot have a support person with her. NICU is one visitor at a time, and must be a banded adult (one of the adults with wrist band, responsible for baby in NICU).
St. Joseph's Corondolet Hospital:
As of their meeting this morning, St Joes is still allowing laboring women to have 1 support person AND their doula in their labor room. Doulas are asked to not accompany the parents and baby to the postpartum floor. COVID-19 regulations are changing frequently, so I will check back weekly to keep updated on any changes.
The latest from the CDC on COVID-19 and the effects on pregnancy, breastfeeding and newborns can be found by clicking this link:
Pima County Health Department
A COVID-19 hotline has been set up to answer any questions from the public and healthcare providers about testing, symptoms, and any other questions you have about the virus.
Call (520) 626-6016 (local) or 1-844-542-8201 (state) to reach a health care professional.
Evidence Based Birth
More information can be found on the Evidence Based Birth Website: