In response to the rising rates of COVID 19 infections in Massachusetts and based on recommendations from the hospital and infection control experts, we have made the difficult decision to change the visitor policy. At this time, birth partners will no longer be allowed to come to outpatient/ambulatory prenatal, ultrasound and postpartum visits. In addition, we remind you that children are also not allowed, with the exception of newborns when there is no better alternative.
Our labor and delivery visitor policy has also been updated: only your birth partner can accompany you throughout your labor and postpartum stay as long as they as they do not have a known infection or symptoms of COVID 19. They must remain with the patient (e.g., in inpatient room, exam room, or in waiting room with patient) or with their Mass General host for the entirety of their visit or will be asked to leave and wait outside. They are permitted brief visits to the cafeteria or gift shop at the discretion of local leadership. At this time, no additional support person can accompany you or visit during your stay on labor and delivery or during your postpartum stay.
We understand that this change is unwelcome and recognize the difficulties this may cause but we feel that is an important and necessary step to protect the health and well-being of you, your family and all of our patients and staff. Finally, we want to emphasize that even during these challenging times, it is still important that you get the pregnancy care you need. At both the main campus and all our satellites, we have taken many steps to keep you safe, including additional screening, cleaning, and protective measures. Anyone who is at the clinic or the hospital- patients, visitors, and staff- is screened for symptoms of coronavirus, provided a hospital issued mask to wear while they are here, and asked to comply with recommendations to reduce the risk of infection (hand washing, distancing and mask wearing).
Patient tours of Labor and Delivery and the Newborn Family Units are suspended until further notice. Photographs and a video tour are posted on our website – visit the Giving Birth at Mass General page.
Childbirth and parenting classes will be offered virtually and in-person.
VISITORS UPON REQUEST
- Patients may bring a visitor if they require a guardian or someone to assist them with ambulation (walking or wheelchair) and/or medical decision making.
- Patients may bring a visitor if they are undergoing an office procedure – please let us know by sending a Patient Gateway message if you require to bring a visitor.
- All patients and visitors are required to wear a mask at all time and should be symptom free – no fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, new loss of smell or have had close COVID-19 contacts in the last 2 weeks.