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 important. I have always followed, and will continue to follow strict handwashing protocols, wear a mask, limit my own exposure, get covid tested before your EDD, as well as offering options to connect other than in person for interviews and prenatal meetings, such as video chatting, text and email. I will never ask you about your vaccine status. Whether you are vaccinated or not and still have concerns, please refer to the WHO website and the CDC guidelines below.

*Though all of the above is still valid, I am no longer taking birth clients as of October 2021. Postpartum and childbirth education clients will be limited and a combination of in person and virtual support will be utilized to ensure your safety. 
 

Tucson Medical Center (TMC): In September 2020, TMC is rolled out their pilot program to  train doulas in their PPE protocols and welcome doulas back in the hospital . They understand the importance of doula support, and our doula community is so thankful!  Currently TMC allows two support people in the Labor room, and one support person on the postpartum floor. 

 

Northwest Women's Center: 

09/28/21

Current standards at the Women's Center are a birthing woman is allowed two support people in her labor room (ie, partner and doula). She can also have two support people or visitors once on the postpartum wing each day. VISITORS CANNOT SWITCH OUT. Limited to only two people a day. Visiting hours for postpartum are 10 am to 6 pm.  Visitors are screened at front desk for temperature and symptoms of COVID. Pregnant women are being asked to get covid tested prior to EDD/onset of labor. These rules are changing rapidly, so please call the Northwest Medical Center (520) 877-4000 and ask for Women's Center for updates prior to going. 

St. Joseph's Corondolet Hospital: 

09/28/21

From their website directly: 

About Coronavirus – COVID-19

Carondelet Health Network remains focused on patient safety for our community. Anyone entering our hospitals must abide by facility requirements for COVID symptom screening upon entry, wearing a mask covering the mouth and nose at all times (Ages 13 and up) and hand hygiene. Those not meeting the precautions criteria will not be permitted to enter the hospital.

Visitors will not be permitted for COVID-19 patients or patients under investigation.

Carondelet St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Hospital will allow for inpatient visitation from the hours of 8AM to 8PM. 

St. Joseph’s Hospital labor and delivery unit, and the NICU will allow for three visitors at a time, visitors will be allowed to alternate if their situation allows

Our visitor policy will continue to be evaluated, and the hours as well as the number of visitors allowed in our hospitals will be increased as safety allows. We require everyone to self-screen and attest to being symptom free upon entering the hospital and ensure strict compliance with our mitigation strategies. 

Hospital visitation policies at each facility can change based on ongoing COVID trends. Please contact the hospital’s information desk for the current policy before visiting. Thank you. (520) 873-3000

Should any of this information change or you cannot have your doula present, doulas are getting creative with alternative support methods, such as extra education/support prior to labor in person one-on-one, at your home or outside using social distancing practices, or through video;  video support, text messaging and phone support with you and your support person during labor has proven to be a successful alternative to in person doula support. 

Some doulas offer extra postpartum care in lieu of birth support if she cannot attend a birth due to Covid. Each unique situation can be addressed as it comes, and every doula in the community will work hard to keep clients happy and satisfied despite the hardship this virus has brought to our community. 

Pima County Health Department

COVID-19 Hotline

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.  

https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452

Evidence Based Birth

More information can be found on the Evidence Based Birth Website:

https://evidencebasedbirth.com/covid19/