Pregnancy & COVID-19 FAQs

Contact your Mercy OB/GYN to discuss the appropriate schedule and location for your prenatal visits. This will vary depending on your stage of pregnancy and health. 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please wear a mask to your appointment. All Mercy Clinic locations are limiting visitors to one per patient. These temporary visitor limits are in place for the safety of our patients, care teams and communities. 

Rest assured Mercy is following all guidelines to protect you and your baby during childbirth. We're taking measures like isolating patients who test positive for the virus, screening patients and visitors at hospital entrances and limiting visitors.

In addition, all Mercy caregivers must pass daily screenings and use personal protective equipment (PPE) while on duty. Mercy also supports the early discharge recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists when both mother and baby are healthy.

Doulas are considered part of your healthcare team and do not count as a visitor.

*Exceptions apply in our Joplin/Carthage, Ada and Ardmore communities. 

You're allowed two support people during childbirth. After delivery, the additional support person must leave. Both people in your support team must be at least 18 years old and must be symptom-free.  For safety reasons, your main support person must be the same person throughout your stay. Your support person will be screened at the hospital entrance each time they enter.


*Exceptions apply in our Joplin/Carthage, Ada, Ardmore and Springfield communities.