Pregnancy & COVID-19 FAQs

Should I continue to visit the hospital for my prenatal checkups?  

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, 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. 

Will my baby or I be exposed to COVID-19 during childbirth?  

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.

Am I able to bring my doula to the hospital with me?  

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mercy Birthplace is allowing one support person during childbirth. This can be a doula, spouse, parent, friend or other person chosen by the mother. We recommend contacting your doula to find out if virtual support services are offered.

Can my partner be present during the birthing process?  

Yes, you're still allowed one support person during childbirth. For safety reasons, it must be the same person throughout your stay. Your support person will be screened at the hospital entrance each time they enter.