Giving birth in the era of the coronavirus pandemic requires some extra legwork when it comes to crafting your birth plan. Take it from Talitha Phillips, doula and CEO of Claris Health, a nonprofit health clinic. Twice in the past few weeks she has had to leave the laboring women she was working with at the entrance of the emergency room with their spouses, since the hospital was allowing only one support person to be present for birth. “It’s been heartbreaking to leave someone at the door during the most intense points of their labor.”
Many hospitals and birthing centers have changed their protocols in an attempt to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contagion. Knowing exactly what those rules are before you give birth will go a long way in helping you set expectations, tweak your birth plan and ease your mind during these troubling times.