Once you are in labour, ring your Lead Maternity Carer (midwife or doctor) to arrange your admission. They’ll run through some screening questions with you and work with hospital staff to make arrangements for your arrival.
You’ll be asked to choose one person to support you during labour, birth and your stay in hospital after your baby is born.
To keep everyone safe, this person will also be screened. If your support person is unwell they will not be able to enter delivery suite, so consider carefully who you would like to take their place. The person who comes into the delivery suite with you will not be able to trade places with anyone else. This person will be allowed to visit you once you are transferred to the maternity ward.
We’ll also be asking support people to follow Alert Level 2 precautions such as ensuring that hands are washed and physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained.
This person will be able to stay to support you as for as long as you are in labour (for up to two hours after the birth of your baby). During the time that your support person is visiting you, we ask that they remain with you as much as possible to reduce movement of people around, and in and out, of the ward. They should not use your bathroom but use the visitor bathroom outside the ward entrance.
Your support people are welcome to bring light meals.
Your support person will be able to accompany you to the ward if it is within the Level 2 visiting hours of 2.30pm-8pm.
These measures help us reduce the amount of people on our wards. This helps us to protect women, babies and our staff.
We know that having a baby is a wonderful and exciting experience that you want to share. However, to minimise the risk of infection entering the hospital no visitors, except your nominated support person, can visit while you are staying in hospital.
Both parents will be able to visit babies in our special care baby unit (SCBU). Parents must visit one at a time to ensure safe distancing can be maintained between visitors in SCBU.
Our staff can work with you to facilitate other ways to keep connected with other loved ones virtually.
These measures may seem tough, but they need to be. We need to do everything we can to keep you and your baby safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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