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Pregnancy and Childbirth
March 17, 2021
Doula support for women in labor at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health hospitals
Dear Birthing People in Our Community,
Welcoming the birth of your baby is one of the most memorable events of your life. You have probably spent months planning and imagining what the birth of your baby or babies will be like and you probably did not imagine that a pandemic would be part of your story. We at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health understand that you probably have many questions about what will happen when you arrive to the place where you will give birth during the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to address some of those questions for you.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health facilities are operating under the most cautious and safest guidelines for visitors to help keep you, your family and your nurses and providers as safe as possible. We ask that you limit visitors during your stay to two support persons as long as they are not showing symptoms of an illness resembling COVID-19. Doulas are recognized as partners in care and skilled at providing physical and emotional support to birthing people and their partner. Doulas will be allowed to attend to you in labor if that is part of your unique birth plan. Both support persons will be screened on arrival for symptoms of illness and asked to leave if they show symptoms.
Our goal is to maintain a safe environment for you to welcome your baby into this world and to keep our selfless hospital workers safe too. While we do expect life to become normal again, we don’t know exactly when that time will be or how long these extra measures will need to be in place. Information from national and local experts is changing almost every day and as we work together during these difficult times we will all benefit from giving each other grace and flexibility. We encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your journey to welcoming your baby. We look forward to serving you and your loved ones with reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.
Amy VanBlaricom, MD, Regional Medical Director, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Jennifer Riffle, CNM, ARNP, Director of Midwifery, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Tiffany Knouff, RNC, Interim Division Director, Women’s and Children’s Services, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
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