SMH Maternity Patients During the COVID-19 Crisis - Updated July 13, 2020

Please be assured that our team of expert nurses and providers are committed to providing the safest and most effective care. We are taking every precaution to ensure that both our staff and patients are protected. Your safety will always be our top priority.

Before arriving at the hospital, please be aware of the precautionary steps being taken during this time. To help maintain the safety of everyone and to limit the spread of COVID-19, screening precautions have been put into place for all patients and visitors before entering the building.

Here are the questions you will be asked:

  • Have you experienced any of these symptoms? 
    • Fever greater than 100° or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore Throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • New loss of taste and smell
  • Have you had contact with: 
    • Anyone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?
    • Anyone who is under investigation for COVID-19?
    • Anyone who has been or is currently ill with respiratory illness?

To protect yourself and our staff, it is important that you follow the latest government advice about social distancing; stay away from public places and avoid anyone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Please continue to refer to the current guidance on infection prevention for yourself and your household. Directions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in regard to pregnancy and breastfeeding can be found at:

For the safety of our patients and staff, we have a strict visitor policy for maternity patients:

  • ONE support person of your choice will be allowed to accompany you while you are admitted to the hospital. If your visitor has been self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms, or in contact with an individual who has had symptoms, they MUST NOT come with you to the hospital. If your support person cannot pass our screening process, they will not be allowed to come with you.
  • No children or additional visitors will be permitted.

We ask patients and their one support person to be particularly mindful with respect to social distancing in the 14 days prior to admission. Your support person should stay in the patient room for the duration of the visit. They will be provided one mask and should keep it for the duration of their visit (even if returning the following day).

Any mother with a confirmed COVID-19 case or who is experiencing symptoms will be supported in taking all the possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant. For those who have or are suspected to have COVID-19, we have created policies and procedures to help ensure that those who have remained unaffected are kept safe and well.

To reduce unnecessary traffic to the hospital, all prenatal education classes and tours have been cancelled until further notice.

What to do when you go into labor:

If you think your labor has started, or if you need to go to the hospital due to an emergency or concern about the baby, know that we will be here to support you. Please come to the ER entrance, where you can be screened quickly.

Entry points at SMH are limited to:

  • Emergency Department, 24 hours per day
  • SMH Heart Center/Main Hospital entrance, 5 am – 7 pm
MOB Atrium entrance, 5 am – 6 pm 
•ASU will not be open. These patients are expected to enter through MOB entrance.
Florida Avenue entrance will be locked 24 hours a day. L&D patients will enter via SMH 
Heart Center, take elevator to 2nd floor and follow signs to unit. 

At this time, all patients that are admitted to Labor & Delivery will be tested for COVID-19, regardless if they are having any symptoms of the virus. Patients that are scheduled for inductions of labor or cesarean sections will be sent in advance for COVID-19 screening by their OBGYN. 

We know this experience may not be what you imagined but we will continue to go above and beyond to help you get the most out of this experience while adhering to the guidelines set in place to keep you and your baby safe and healthy.

Please note: this information was updated on Monday, July 13, 2020 and is subject to change.