COVID-19 Update: A Message to Our Patients

May 11, 2020   Practice News & Events


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 to Women & Children’s or prior to their scheduled admission. If you are planning an induction or cesarean, you should call WDH hotline at (603) 609-6000 to make an appointment 48 hours prior to your scheduled date at the Pre-Procedure Clinic located at our Member’s Way facility in Dover. We are not testing partners at this time.

Visitors: Limited to one support person during your delivery stay and two caregivers for nursery patients. Visitors will be screened for signs of respiratory illness and not allowed in if they are sick. Your visitor is encouraged to stay once you are admitted. If necessary, he/she will be allowed to leave and return once per day and instructed to follow best practices regarding handwashing, physical distancing, and minimization of exposures while in the community, including separation from any sick household members who are in self-isolation.

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 during labor. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer nitrous at this time due to potential risks of spreading viral particles. As always, our staff is trained in non-pharmacologic coping techniques, and IV and epidural medications are available for those who would like them.

Childbirth education and tours: You are encouraged to participate in our virtual classes and view our unit tour; all are accessible online at

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:

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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