In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—and to protect our patients, staff and communities—we have made critical changes to our visitor policy.

Please note: Our patient and visitor policies have been developed in alignment with hospital-wide policies that are designed to protect our community during this unprecedented time. Because these policies are subject to change, we encourage you to review the main visitor policy, as this will include the latest updates to policies that affect all departments in the hospital.

After reviewing the visitor policy, please speak with your doctor if you have any questions. If you are a visitor, please speak with the patient’s doctor or nurse.

Patients—Updated 03/30/2020

During the ongoing COVID-19 events, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mass General is committed to keeping all our patients safe. Now, and in accordance with the hospital and public health recommendations, we are focused on essential care in the office and hospital settings. This allows us to promote recommended social distancing and focus our resources on those with urgent needs.

As a result, please note:

You may get called from your OB/GYN provider or nurse in the coming days to let you know that an upcoming appointment has been deferred
We will defer appointments only when we think it is safe to do so and, for those who are pregnant, when it is safe for your pregnancy
We are also working toward opportunities to substitute calls or virtual/electronic visits where appropriate

We want to reassure you all that we are always open 24/7 for all urgent care in the OB/GYN office, on Labor and Delivery and in the hospital. If you have an urgent question or concern, please call the phone numbers listed on our Contact Us page.

Visitors—Updated 05/27/2020
Given the increase in community transmission of COVID-19, and continued influenza and RSV activity, we have revised our visitor policy.

The visitor policy for Obstetrical Units is as follows:

Outpatient Obstetrics Practice: No visitors
Inpatient Antepartum Unit: One visitor, age 18 or older, limited to spouse or coach
Labor & Delivery Unit:
  • Asymptomatic laboring patients are permitted to have one Partner/Support person who is asymptomatic as per above. 
  • Laboring patients who are confirmed COVID-19, CoV-Presumed suspect COVID-19 (CoV-Risk), and with known exposure to COVID-19 (CoV-Exposed), are permitted to have one Partner/Support person who is asymptomatic as per above.
  • There are no additional restrictions on time spent with the patient in the patient’s room or requirements for physical distancing within the room.
Postpartum Unit: One visitor, age 18 or older, limited to spouse or coach
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): One visitor, limited to parents/guardians or support persons