Some Hospitals Are Banning Partners During Labor—Here’s What to Do

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As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, hospitals are enforcing rules that deny or strictly limit the amount of visitors a patient can have—including laboring moms. In fact, hospitals in cities such as San Francisco, Jacksonville, Boston and New York City have already announced modified visitation policies.

The big question is: Will women have to labor alone? According to the World Health Organization, pregnant women should receive the highest quality care before, during and after birth. This includes having a companion of choice present during delivery. While some hospitals are making an exception to allow partners into the delivery room, others are not. It’s important to note policies vary based on each hospital and each city. For the most part, across most hospital policies, any visitor that’s allowed in must be asymptomatic for COVID-19 and screened for any symptoms.

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