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Yes, laboring women will continue to be allowed one support person each, as long as the support person screens negative for influenza like illness. Support persons are encouraged to remain in the hospital for the entire stay. However, if they choose to leave, they cannot return until the next day and would be screened per our current protocol.
Yes, we will provide PPE (a face mask which must be kept on continuously) for one support person in labor. However, that person would also be considered a person under investigation and once that person leaves the hospital, he/she would not be permitted to return. We will work with WakeMed Food and Nutrition on each campus to purchase/obtain food for support persons. WakeMed will not provide personal items for support persons. They will need to provide their own personal care items: towels, clothing, medication, phone chargers along with any other items they would need during their stay. Once they leave the room, they will be expected to leave WakeMed property. They may pick up the patient upon discharge at the discharge designation.
Yes, we will continue to allow one support person to accompany the patient for a cesarean section. This would be the same support person who initially presented with the patient.
No, we will not provide PPE for a support person in the OR for a PUI or COVID-19 positive patient. A support person may be present in the postpartum room. The support person would be considered a PUI and would be confined to the patient’s room (with a face mask which must remain on continuously) until leaving the hospital. No further visitors would be permitted during the hospital stay once the support person left the patient’s room.
Yes, the laboring patient may have one support person and one doula in the room during labor and delivery. It's also possible to receive remote support from a doula. Many doulas have launched virtual birth assistance programs. Patients may find it helpful to have their doula assist them at home prior to presenting to WakeMed Labor and Delivery and in the postpartum period. Doulas may also communicate through Facetime, Zoom, Skype or another video conferencing platform during labor.
No, there is insufficient evidence about the cleaning, filtering and potential aerosolization of nitrous oxide in labor, so we've currently suspended use at WakeMed facilities.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610