When Ansley Bechtolt realized she was in labor at 12:50 a.m. on March 26, her husband dropped her off at the Family Maternity Center at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland and drove home to be with their three other children.
She would have preferred to have her husband with her at the hospital, but that wasn’t an option. Just two weeks earlier Evergreen had found itself at the center of the nation’s novel coronavirus outbreak. The hospital had 65 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and 15 deaths due to the illness within a 12-day span. Thereafter, Evergreen enacted new policies that limited each delivering mother to one support person.