Obstetrics Visitor Policy During COVID-19 (FAQ)

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What is the current visitor policy?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related patient safety concerns, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of patients, support partners and staff. One healthy support partner is permitted on the Labor and Delivery Unit for all admitted patients.

Patients and support partners will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 when they enter the hospital. Support partners who are free of current symptoms of COVID-19 will be deemed healthy. These healthy support partners will be permitted on the Labor and Delivery Unit once the patient has been admitted. Support partners will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Patient’s support person will be allowed to stay with the mother until her until her discharge from the hospital
  • Patient’s support person will be allowed to come and go to and from the hospital during the time of the patient’s hospitalization
  • Patient’s support person will be instructed to wear a mask for the duration of being in the hospital
  • Patient’s support person will be assessed for signs and symptoms of COVID, including temperature checks every 12 hours

Anyone deemed to have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted on the Labor and Delivery Unit. These precautions are to ensure that a safe environment is maintained for all of our patients, support partners and staff.

In the event your support partner is not able to enter the Labor and Delivery Unit due to screening and/or COVID-19 test results, you are encouraged to have another healthy support person that you can contact to be present with you during labor and birth. Your obstetric provider will discuss these options with you. A member of our team is always available to provide labor support to you on our Labor and Delivery Unit.

Will my support partner and I receive COVID-19 testing?

Patients with a scheduled cesarean delivery, induction, or other procedure, will receive COVID-19 testing one day prior to admission. Each patient with a scheduled procedure will receive a phone call with information regarding the appointment time. You will receive symptom screening for COVID-19 when you arrive at the hospital on the day of your procedure.

Support partners of patients with a scheduled procedure will also receive a phone call with an appointment time for COVID-19 testing. Patient and support partner appointments will be scheduled at the same time.

Location for COVID-19 testing for obstetric patients with scheduled procedures at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West:

Mount Sinai Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Ambulatory Practice
E-Level
1176 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Location for patients with scheduled obstetric procedures at Mount Sinai South Nassau:
Mount Sinai South Nassau Family Medicine Center
196 Merrick Road
Oceanside, NY 11572

If you do not have a scheduled procedure and arrive at the hospital for evaluation on the Labor and Delivery Unit, you and your healthy support partner will receive testing on the Unit if you are admitted.

What will happen following delivery?

If your support partner remains healthy, they will be permitted to stay with you and your newborn.

How will my newborn and I be kept safe while in the hospital?

We are committed to ensuring the safety of you, your support partner and your newborn. In addition to our screening procedures and COVID-19 testing for patients and support partners, all healthy support partners will be required to wear personal protective equipment throughout their stay on the Labor and Delivery Unit. Within our hospital, health care workers are utilizing the appropriate personal protective equipment in all areas.

What if I test positive for COVID-19? What happens after leaving the hospital?

You will be provided with instructions regarding the recommended care for you and your newborn while in the hospital. When you are discharged from the hospital you will also receive written instructions with information on caring for you and your newborn when you return home.

There are many resources for information and recommended care for patients with COVID-19. The Mount Sinai Health System provides valuable information which can be found here.

The best resource for information on COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Comprehensive information can be found here.

What if my support partner tests positive for COVID-19?

If your support partner tests positive for COVID-19, your obstetric provider will discuss options with you and your support partner. We will work with you to make every effort to ensure that you have a healthy support person available for you during labor and birth.

There are many resources available with information regarding COVID-19 guidelines as outlined in the answer above.

Is there support available if I have questions or concerns?

Yes, we are here for you. Please feel free to contact your obstetric provider for any questions or concerns. In addition, our Obstetric COVID-19 Patient Support Team is available for you. You can contact us here.

To reach a patient’s room, call (516) 632-3000.

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