As of 5/2021
I am scheduled to be induced soon. Will this still happen as planned?
Although this varies by hospital, at this time the ACOG recommends that inductions occur as indicated.
Please ask your healthcare provider about your hospital’s policies regarding inductions.
I have hired a doula for my delivery. Can my doula still be a part of my delivery experience?
For the safety of the doulas and patients, ACOG recommends that doulas follow the individual hospital policies regarding visitors and your doula’s role in the laboring process.
Please check in with your hospital regarding this matter; while some hospitals consider doulas part of the healthcare personnel, others consider doulas to be visitors. If your doula cannot be part of your experience physically, some doulas are offering virtual services.
Can my spouse, parent, or friend be in my delivery room with me while I deliver?
Please check with your hospital to determine how many visitors will be able to stay with you during your birth. Most hospitals are allowing only one visitor who must stay there the whole time without leaving/returning, however, in recent months many hospitals are allowing two visitors. Again, it is different in every hospital, so check with your hospital or your provider.
I’ve been hearing about home births in the news. Should I prepare for a home birth?
The American College of OB/GYN has not changed its recommendations about home births during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hospitals and accredited birthing centers under the supervision of trained healthcare providers are the safest places for delivery. However, every woman has the right to make an informed decision about her delivery, so it is important to research all of your options and discuss with your healthcare provider.
Be sure to discuss your birth plan and any concerns with your OB/GYN or nurse midwife.