Labor, Delivery & COVID-19

Is it safe for me to deliver my baby at EvergreenHealth?

Yes. Patients with COVID-19 are isolated in a different part of the medical center, in rooms with negative air flow, meaning the air doesn’t circulate through the ventilation system. COVID-19 patients are cared for by trained staff using specialized protective equipment.

We have several procedures in place to protect you when you come for your prenatal visits with your OB/GYN or midwife.

All staff, patients and visitors are screened before they enter our maternity center or our practices. The screening criteria includes these questions:

  • Do you have (or have you had) a temperature of 99.5 F (37.5 C) or above within the last 48 hours?
  • In the last two weeks, have you been tested for, or had close contact with, someone who has COVID-19?

If you have any symptoms, we’ll ask you to wear a mask until we can escort you to a private, closed room.

Visitors or staff who have any symptoms will not be permitted into the maternity center units or practices and will be asked to return home.

We are following Universal Masking guidelines. Everyone will be wearing a mask – patients, visitors, physicians, staff, vendors – everyone.

We encourage our patients and visitors to please wear a mask from home while visiting EvergreenHealth. This can be a disposable mask, a cloth mask, or a homemade face covering such as a t-shirt or a bandana. We ask that you wear your mask for the duration of your visit. Thank you for partnering with us for the safety of everyone.

When it’s time to deliver

You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms when you arrive at our Family Maternity Center. This will ensure that we are caring for you appropriately during labor, delivery and postpartum, and keeping both you and your newborn as safe as possible before you go home.

The screening criteria includes these questions:

  • Do you have (or have you had) a temperature of 99.5 F (37.5 C) or above within the last 48 hours?
  • Do you have any new symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack or loss of appetite, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, loss or decreased sense of smell or taste, body aches/muscle pain, or persistent headache?
  • In the last two weeks, have you been tested for, or had close contact with, someone who has COVID-19?

If you screen positive for COVID-19 symptoms, you will be tested for COVID-19.

If you test negative for COVID-19, you’ll be able to have the same two consistent, healthy birth partners with you for labor and delivery. Should you choose, you may walk the hallways in the maternity center during your labor; you and your birth partners will be asked to wear a mask.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you’ll be limited to just one consistent, healthy birth partner in order to minimize the risk to others. You and your support person will need to remain in your birthing suite throughout your care.

Limiting access to the maternity center

We have reduced the number of people in the public areas of the maternity center as a result of our limitations on visitors, along with our pause on students and volunteers.

For your safety, only your provider, labor nurse and other necessary staff will have access to your birthing suite.

Everyone involved in your care will wear masks. They will wear additional PPE during active labor and delivery including gowns, gloves, masks and goggles.

After delivery

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, our nurses and lactation consultants will help you breastfeed safely – protecting baby while still allowing for this important part of baby’s care to continue.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, we will ask your support person to remain in the room with you and have food delivered instead of visiting our cafe or leaving/entering the unit multiple times.

Questions?

If you have questions and/or concerns about your upcoming delivery in our Family Maternity Center, please contact us at 425.899.3501.