We here at Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center are and have always been dedicated to providing quality, safe care to our families. We as a country are all in this current COVID19 situation together, it is a rapidly evolving scenario and we are very busy behind the scenes keeping up to date with all the recommendations. Please know that we are working closely with state and national experts on a daily basis to be sure we are providing the best care possible. To that end we have developed our COVID19 Safety Precautions plan and would like to share it with you here.
Last weekend, we began our COVID19 Safety Precautions plan by effectively quarantining off the birth center side of our facility. No more public tours, no more classes and only staff and laboring families are allowed entry. Additionally, we have worked in partnership with our partners upstairs, Peak Pediatrics to staff a “screener” at our main entrance. They are screening all folks who enter the building both for Seasons and Peak Pediatrics. In addition, Peak Pediatrics has designated their upstairs office as “well child checks” only, no sick appointments are being scheduled here in our building. This is with the knowledge that Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center clients, both newborns and pregnant people, are potentially higher risk populations.
Here at the office, we have two main sites to be concerned with: our clinic and the birth center. Luckily, it is relatively easy to keep them separate and as such, we have created our COVID19 Safety Precautions plan with the two spaces in mind. For the clinic, as you can read, we have started to implement parking lot check in. (Our families who have appointments are and will be contacted with information on how this looks logistically.) Essentially, upon arrival to the parking lot, the family checks in with us and then we notify them when it is their turn to enter the building, through the screener at the main entrance. Then they will be taken directly to an exam room. This prevents groups in the general waiting room. Our clinical staff will all be wearing masks during your visits and each exam room will be thoroughly cleaned between every family.
In the birth center, our COVID19 Safety precautions plan is somewhat similar to the clinic. Limiting traffic, screening at the door before entry and maintaining strict cleaning procedures. There are some other changes that were very tough for us to make, please know that we do not make these restictions lightly and will lift them all as soon as possible. These are:
***Your midwife and nurse will also be wearing masks when supporting you through your labor and birth process. This one is hard for us, however, we are committed to keeping both your family and ourselves as safe as possible.
***Another birth center, temporary change is that we not be offering Nitrous as a coping tool. Early data has demonstrated concerns about the exposure of our staff and your support team to aerosolized particles of the virus if you have been exposed and are not yet showing symptoms.
***No children, including siblings, under 13 years of age. This was perhaps the most difficult call to make. Typically, we strongly encourage sibling participation at births and feel strongly about the benefits. However, we must keep the safety of everyone as the top priority so have made this decision. The good news is that we discharge our families home approximately 4 hours after the birth so the new big siblings won’t have to wait too long to meet the new baby.
If you have any questions about these or any other issues around COVID19, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. And please, if you or a family member shows any symptoms of the COVID19 virus, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, please do not bring them to the center for any reason.