Giving Birth at Emerson During the COVID-19 Crisis


Many expectant moms and family members have questions about delivering their baby during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recent episode of Emerson Hospital’s HealthWorks Here podcast, Avery Fisher, a certified nurse-midwife with AFA OB/GYN and Emerson Hospital, spoke with our host about the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on expectant mothers and the childbirth process. Continue reading for Avery's answers to frequently asked questions from expectant mothers. 

Please note: Information on how COVID-19 impacts families can change rapidly as more data is gathered and can impact the accuracy of this resource. Please check with your physician for the most up-to-date information.

During Pregnancy

Are pregnant people at a higher risk to contract COVID-19?
Preliminary data shows that there is not an increased risk of contraction by pregnant people.

What if I signed up for a childbirth class? 
All of Emerson's prenatal classes and tours have been suspended for the time being. However, a virtual tour of Emerson’s Clough Birthing Center is available. If you had signed up for a childbirth class with Emerson, please contact Emerson’s Clough Birthing Center at 978-287-3310 with questions about classes.

If a mother is diagnosed with COVID-19 during pregnancy is there a risk to the baby?
Preliminary evidence shows that COVID-19 can be transmitted from mother to baby. 

How should parents cope during this anxious time?
Please reach out to your OB office — we are here to help. Emerson’s Clough Birth Center can be reached by calling 978-287-3310.

While In Labor

Are patients and visitors being screened for COVID-19?
All patients and support persons are being screened for symptoms on arrival to the birthing center.

Have labor pain management options changed?
As deemed approved by the physician, some pain management options are still available. These options include in-room showers, morphine, and epidurals. 

How is the birthing center protecting patients and babies during this outbreak?
In addition to our standard sanitation and screening procedures, Emerson has instituted negative pressure rooms. There is now both a designated negative pressure delivery room and patient room at our birthing center. A negative pressure room is a technique used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from room to room. These negative pressure rooms will be used for patients with suspected or known COVID-19 diagnosis.

Are visitors allowed at the hospital?
Expectant mothers are allowed to have one designated asymptomatic support person for the duration of the hospital stay. This support person must not leave the hospital. This policy is put in place to protect patients, families, and hospital staff. This policy is subject to change. Please review our visitor policy page to stay up to date with current information.

After Delivery

What precautions should be taken when mom and baby come home? 
Each family is advised to practice strict social distancing. Do not have family and friends visit your home and don’t go to visit their homes. Visits should be outdoors only and people should remain at least six feet away per standard social distancing practices.

The Labor & Delivery Experience in the Time of COVID-19: A Podcast for Pregnant Moms and Partners

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