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Keeping Mother and Baby Safe

We understand you may be concerned about COVID-19 and its possible impact on the hospital and your upcoming birthing experience. We recognize that pregnant women and newborns may be at a higher risk for contracting the virus, and we understand your fears.
Please be assured we are taking multiple precautions to keep you, your family and your newborn safe.

Your safety is important to us

Our number one goal is to keep you, your newborn baby and family members safe and provide you with the best experience possible.

 

 

What we’re doing to keep you and your growing family safe:

We are closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon State Department of Health, and PeaceHealth guidelines and continuously update our safety protocols as they are communicated to us.

Precautions we've taken

  • Separate entrance from the rest of the hospital.
  • Screening and masks required for anyone who enters the building.
  • COVID-19 testing for every patient.
  • Limiting visitation to 1 primary support person to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Room service for mom and support person to limit the need to go in/out of the hospital.
  • Offering early discharge for patients who qualify.

Additional support

  • We have moved our follow-up postpartum clinic/newborn weight and jaundice check to an outpatient building close by that also has its own entrance.
  • We conduct additional cleaning and sanitation of all areas and surfaces.
  • We are committed to ensuring your safety by evolving our practices as the knowledge around COVID-19 increases.

How you and your family can help

  • Agree to daily health checks and consider choosing another support person if yours is not feeling well.
  • Wear the mask we'll provide at all times while with the Family Birth Center unless you are eating or sleeping.

 

Frequently asked questions about Pregnancy and COVID-19

Here are some common questions and answers about pregnancy, delivery and staying healthy and safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and adverse outcomes such as preterm birth.

Health experts are constantly studying and updating information and recommendations for pregnant women. For the latest updates, please visit these websites:

Yes. PeaceHealth has taken many precautions to keep patients, visitors and healthcare providers safe. Learn more about our safety measures.

We also offer video visits for some appointments. Talk with your provider about what is appropriate for you. Learn more about video visits.

Our hospitals also have visitor policies in place to ensure that labor, delivery and recovery rooms maintain the highest levels of infection control.

Yes. Even though we have visitor restrictions in place, we do allow a support person during labor, delivery and recovery. We recognize that parents sometimes wish to have other children included in their birth experience, but for everyone’s safety, children and visitors are not allowed at this time. For additional questions, please reach out to your doctor or birthing facility. 

We know that having a baby is a special moment that you want to share with others. However, until the threat of COVID-19 has passed, our birthing centers do not allow visitors beyond the support person. We do encourage the use of social media and video apps to share your news with others.

All pregnant women will be tested upon admission. Support persons are not tested but may not be allowed in the birth facility if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. 

It depends on your plan. A pregnant woman who is positive will be placed in a dedicated area or room with negative airflow and with the door closed to keep the virus from spreading in the hospital. Staff will also be dressed in additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The CDC currently recommends considering separation between mom and baby, if mom is COVID positive. This is a decision that a mom and her healthcare providers will make and could mean separate rooms or distancing within the same room.

It is important to remember that both mom and baby will still receive the same high-level of care that is given to women who are not positive for COVID-19.

Talk to your doctor about your birth plan and which elements, if any, might need to be adjusted if you have the virus. 

Pregnant women and their support person should wear masks while inside the hospital or childbirth facility. Masks may be removed when you are alone in your room but are required when staff are present. 

No. Face masks, cloth face coverings and plastic face shields for newborns and infants are NOT recommended. There are no data supporting the use of infant masks or face shields for protection against COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses. An infant mask or shield could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental suffocation and strangulation.

Learn more about the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend Birthing 

We would like to ensure you that we are taking every step to keep you, your family and your newborn safe.
Please contact us if you have questions.

Phone: (855) 541-BABY

3333 RiverBend Drive 
Springfield, OR 97477