To our Patients planning to deliver at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital:
During this uncertain time, we understand you may be worried about your safety and want to reassure you that we are staying on top of this ever-evolving situation.
Below is some information about what to expect during your delivery stay and how we are addressing COVID-19 concerns.
Universal testing: All obstetric patients will be tested for COVID-19 upon admission or prior to their scheduled admission. If you are planning an induction or cesarean, you will receive a call from a hospital representative who will ask a few screening questions and schedule you an appointment at the hospital’s COVID testing drive thru 48-72 hours prior to your scheduled date. We are not currently testing partners.
Support person: If the patient’s COVID-19 test is negative, two support persons are allowed during your delivery stay and may leave throughout the stay. If patient is COVID-19 positive, one asymptomatic support person is allowed and is urged to stay with the patient for the duration of the stay. Two caregivers for nursery patients.
Sibling visitation guidelines:
- Must be without any COVID symptoms
- Visiting hours of 3 - 7 PM
- Siblings older than 2 will be provided one surgical mask upon arrival
- Must remain in their parent’s room with no access to shared patient and family spaces
- Please identify 4 unique individuals permitted to visit from 3 – 7 PM during your postpartum stay
- All visitors must be over the age of 18 and without any COVID symptoms
- Visitors will be allowed to visit 2 at a time if both visitors reside together, otherwise only 1 visitor at a time
Masks: Patients and visitors are asked to wear masks while staff are in the room for longer than 10 minutes, as well as anytime you are in the hallways. There are no requirements for physical distancing within the room.
Doulas: Any of the Affiliated Doulas of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will be allowed in the room to assist laboring mothers, as they are considered part of the clinical team. If your professional doula is not affiliated with WDH, please contact the Maternal/Child Resource office at (603) 609-6964.
Options for pain relief in labor: If you test negative for COVID-19, you can use the jacuzzi and nitrous oxide during labor.
Childbirth education and tours: You are encouraged to participate in our virtual classes and view our unit tour; all are accessible online at wdhospital.org/childbirtheducation.
Preparing for your delivery stay: Please make arrangements for someone else to care for your pets and other children while you’re at the hospital and bring anything you will need (including car seat) with you when admitted. If your support person is a smoker, we encourage you to obtain nicotine replacement therapies (patch, gum, lozenges) beforehand since he/she will not be allowed in and out of the hospital to smoke.
Coming to the hospital: Labor patients should use the Garrison entrance. Upon entering the building, pick up the wall phone to alert Security that you have arrived. They will call Women & Children’s to let us know, and one of our nurses will meet you at the door to escort you to the unit. Patients with scheduled induction or cesarean should use the Main Entrance.
For more information and links to valuable resources, we encourage you to visit our FAQs page online at: wdhospital.org.
We hope you will find ways to enjoy and celebrate this amazing time in your life. Thank you for trusting us with your care and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Your Women & Children’s Care Team
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