Labor & Delivery FAQs regarding COVID-19


Is it safe to have my baby at the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our hospital has strict protocols in place to support infection prevention measures, following best practices and necessary precautions. Further, Hoag Labor and Delivery as well as our post-partum maternity unit have secure entrances and no contact with other care areas.

I have a large family who would like to visit me and the baby at the hospital. Is that still possible?

We understand you want to share the joy of a new life with family and loved ones. For the safety and health of our patients and caregivers, patients in labor may have one support person per stay, from admission to discharge. Please know this is in direct support of the health of you and your child, and we are grateful for your understanding.

You can access information on Hoag’s visitor policy here.

Who can visit and/or be with me during labor and delivery?

For new mothers laboring and delivering, they will be allowed one significant other to be with them throughout their stay (must be the same person for the duration of the patient’s stay). Support person is allowed to stay overnight. Patients in labor may also choose to use a doula. Prior arrangements for doula to be present (during labor and delivery) must be made with the hospital and doula must comply with PPE and Infection Prevention guidelines. Patients who choose to use a doula will still be allowed one support person.

What if I’m sick when I go into labor?

While we hope all our expectant parents remain illness-free, we do have a contingency plan in the event an expectant mother is ill. In addition to taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our mothers and babies, if we suspect a laboring mother may have or has tested positive for COVID-19, we will follow established infection prevention measures.

Should I consider a home birth?

A home birth is not considered a safer alternative and involves no medical care for pain management, fetal distress, postpartum bleeding, or failure of labor to progress. Unless a home birth was your plan from conception (which should only be considered in low risk women with a certified nurse midwife and physician/hospital back-up), we encourage expectant mothers not to proceed with this birth plan.

Hoag Maternity Orientation is Cancelled Until Further Notice

Usually we recommend expectant parents attend our Maternity Orientation for information about our facility, available resources and expectations for your experience at Hoag. However, in a preventative effort to protect our patients and help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Hoag has cancelled all events and classes until further notice. However, please view our virtual tour of Hoag Maternity Services, Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby Unit.

Online childbirth education is available. Register for our Understanding Birth eClass here to prepare for what to expect on delivery day.

Additional updates on COVID-19 are available here, and are subject to change.