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Visitor Policy Update/Política Actualizada Para Visitantes
Cooley Dickinson ObGyn & Midwifery Visitor Policy Updates during COVID-19 (updated 4/29/21)
Because of the prevalence of COVID-19 disease in our community, the Childbirth Center midwives, doctors and nurses have made some difficult decisions to help decrease the chances of transmission and to keep patients and their babies safe. Given the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, policies will evolve with time.
The anticipated birth partner may accompany the patient on prenatal visits.
- A patient who is presenting for labor and birth can have two support people, which could include the patient’s partner, family member, friend, doula, or other person.
- The two support people can stay 24/7 during the admission for labor and birth. These support people may leave the hospital and return but we respectfully ask that the support people limit their movements outside of the hospital to only those that are essential to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- In addition to the two support people, the patient may have one additional designated visitor who may visit during hospital visiting hours.
- Support people and the designated visitor are subject to visitor screening for COVID symptoms and risk and, if they screen positive, they will not be allowed in the Childbirth Center.
- As always please call 413-586-9866 for questions and signs and symptoms of labor (see Yellow Sheet.)
- The provider/nurse will screen you and your support people for COVID 19 over the phone and on arrival. They will ask you about the symptoms of COVID and exposure to COVID 19.
- If you arrive at the hospital between 6am and 8pm, come to the Main Entrance where you will be screened for COVID symptoms and receive a mask. Then proceed to the Childbirth Center on the second floor. If you arrive between 8pm and 6am, please go to the Emergency Room entrance where you will be screened for COVID symptoms and received a mask. You will then be directed upstairs to the Childbirth Center.
- The Hospital will provide food trays for the laboring patient and one support person. Snacks and sandwiches are available for the laboring patient and one support person.
- If the laboring person has tested positive for COVID-19, their support people may be present if they are not sick and the support people must wear a mask. If a support person is sick, they cannot stay on the Childbirth Center unit.
- The labor support people will be screened by symptom questions on arrival. If they screen positive, they will be unable to stay.
- The patient and support people will be given a mask on arrival. Patients need to wear the mask when in the hallway and when in close contact with staff. The support people need to wear mask the whole time they are in the hospital unless they are eating or sleeping.
- We conduct universal rapid testing for COVID-19 for patients who present to the hospital for evaluation and admission. Identifying patients who are positive for COVID-19 helps us to better care for them and their babies. This is done by a nasal swab (not nasopharyngeal). Your midwife or doctor will discuss testing with you on arrival and answer any questions.
- Patients who have a negative COVID 19 test on admission have the option to use Nitrous Oxide for labor pain. Patients who test positive or refuse testing will not be able to use Nitrous Oxide.
- Our hydrotherapy tub is currently available for use during labor.
We greatly appreciate your cooperation during these difficult times. If you have questions, please speak with your provider.
Actualización de la política de ginecología, obstetricia y comadronas durante COVID-19 (actualizado el 29 de abril del 2021)
Por causa de la prevalencia en nuestra comunidad de la enfermedad del COVID-19, las comadronas, doctores y enfermeras han tomado algunas decisiones difíciles para ayudar a disminuir las posibilidades de transmisión y mantener a salvo a nuestros pacientes y sus bebes. Dada la naturaleza cambiante de la pandemia del COVID-19, las políticas evolucionarán con el tiempo.
La pareja de parto anticipada puede acompañar al paciente a las visitas prenatales
Centro de Maternidad
- Pacientes presentándose para el parto pueden tener dos personas de apoyo, que podría incluir la pareja de la persona dando a luz, miembro de la familia, amigo, doula u otra persona.
- Las dos personas de apoyo pueden quedarse las 24 horas del día durante la admisión para el parto y estadía. Las personas de apoyo pueden salir del hospital y regresar, pero respetuosamente le pedimos a las personas de apoyo que limiten sus actividades fuera del hospital solo a asuntos esenciales para reducir el riesgo de exposición al COVID-19.
- En añadidura a las dos personas de apoyo, la persona dando a luz puede tener un visitante designado adicional que puede visitar durante las horas de visita del hospital.
- Las personas de apoyo y el visitante designado están sujetos a preguntas de detección de COVID y riesgos. Si dan positivos, no se les permitirá entrar al Centro de Maternidad.
- Como siempre por favor llame al 413-586-9866 para hacer preguntas, señales y síntomas de labor de parto (vea la hoja amarilla.)
- El medico/enfermera le harán preguntas de detección de COVID 19 por teléfono y al llegar. Le preguntaran sobre síntomas de COVID y exposición al COVID 19.
- Si usted llega al hospital entre las 6am y 8pm, venga a la Entrada Principal donde se le harán las preguntas de detección de síntomas de COVID y se le entregará una mascarilla. Después de esto podrá dirigirse al Centro de Maternidad en el segundo piso. Si usted llega al hospital entre las 8pm y 6am, por favor diríjase a la entrada de la Sala de Emergencias donde se le harán las preguntas de detección de síntomas de COVID y se le entregará una mascarilla. Después de esto se le dirigirá arriba al Centro de Maternidad.
- El Hospital le proporcionara bandejas con comidas a la persona dando a luz y a una de las personas de apoyo. También hay meriendas y bocadillos para la persona dando a luz y una de las personas de apoyo.
- Si la persona dando a luz da positivo a la prueba de COVID-19, sus personas de apoyo pueden estar presente si no está enfermos y deben usar mascarillas. Si una persona de apoyo está enferma, no puede permanecer en el Centro de Maternidad.
- Las personas de apoyo serán examinadas mediante preguntas sobre síntomas al llegar. Si dan positivo a estas preguntas no se podrán quedar.
- Se les proporcionará al paciente y la persona de apoyo una mascarilla al llegar. Los pacientes necesitan usar la mascarilla cuando este en el pasillo y también en contacto cercano con el personal. Las personas de apoyo necesitan usar la mascarilla todo el tiempo que se encuentren en el hospital a menos que estén comiendo o durmiendo.
- Realizamos pruebas universales rápidas de COVID-19 a pacientes que se presentan en el hospital para evaluación y admisión. El identificar pacientes que están positivos de COVID-19 nos ayuda a cuidarles mejor y a sus bebes. Esto se realiza con isopo nasal (no es nasofaríngeo). Su comadrona o doctor conversará con usted sobre la prueba a su llegada y responderá cualquiera de sus preguntas.
- Las pacientes que tengan un resultado negativo a la prueba del COVID 19 al ser admitidas tienen la opción de usar Óxido Nitroso par el dolor de parto. Pacientes que tengan un resultado positivo o se rehúsen a realizarse la prueba no podrán usar el Óxido Nitroso.
- Nuestra bañera de hidroterapia está actualmente disponible para el uso durante el parto.
Apreciamos grandemente su cooperación durante estos tiempos difíciles. Si tiene preguntas, por favor, hable con su médico.
We’ve earned designation as a Baby-Friendly facility by Baby-Friendly USA.
Giving birth to a child is an intensely personal experience. We feel privileged that you have chosen – or that you are considering – the Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson for this important milestone in your life. Whether you’re expecting a child or simply planning ahead for a pregnancy, we look forward to meeting you. Our team of obstetrician-gynecologists, nurses, pediatricians, certified nurse midwives and support staff are compassionate and nurturing. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to care for you at this time.
We understand that every person preparing for childbirth brings with them a unique set of experiences, values and goals. That’s why we strongly encourage you to take an active role in making decisions about your birthing experience. From creating a birth plan to determining the care for your new baby, your voice will be heard.
Our patients appreciate our flexibility and commitment to high-quality care: The Childbirth Center earned first place in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in theValley Advocate‘s annual readers’ poll.
It all starts with your care team
As part of our philosophy of providing options in childbirth, you have a choice of seeing physicians or midwives for your care.
At your first prenatal appointment, you will be asked to select which group you’d like to see throughout your pregnancy. While you may meet only one group during your pregnancy, each member of our team is involved in your care. We work collaboratively to review your options, determine a plan that is best for you and your baby, and ensure your safety and satisfaction.
We’re waiting for you
Upon your arrival at the Childbirth Center to deliver your baby, our team will welcome you and your partner or support person. The maternity nursing staff provides a reassuring presence and helps ensure your needs are met. Throughout your stay, your nurse will connect you with important resources as you go through labor and delivery and learn to care for your infant.
Starting your new life together
We strongly encourage quiet time so your new family can get to know each other, including skin-to-skin cuddling and early breastfeeding. In-house board certified pediatricians are available 24 hours a day if your baby needs extra medical attention. Ask us about options for cord blood banking and/or donation.
After this initial recovery time, your nurse will continue to encourage that your baby stay with you, unless a medical need arises. Nurses who specialize in maternal newborn care and support are a great resource as you and your baby get to know each other. Board certified lactation consultants are available seven days a week for breastfeeding guidance.
During the rest of your stay with us, our nurses will educate you on everything from the safest sleep positions to how to hold, calm, diaper, dress and bathe your baby. Before you go home, your newborn will be given a thorough medical examination, including a hearing screening, jaundice check and newborn metabolic screening.
New parents share their stories.
FAMILY STORIES: Heather, Jason & Chasen
The Goodhinds—Heather and Jason— chose the Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson for the birth of their first child in late 2017. Heather says she has always been a person who wants to give back to her community and trust in the services that are provided locally.
“We live in Hadley. We want to use the resources we have here,” said Heather, whose husband’s family has farmed the fields of Hadley for four generations and counting. “I think it’s important to trust.” Even before getting pregnant, Heather knew she wanted the nurse midwives to deliver their baby. She says she believes in Cooley Dickinson for a few reasons. “I have worked at Cooley Dickinson since 2016. During my time there, I have always been inspired by my co-workers and knew I could entrust them to care for me during one of most important times in my life.” For the Goodhinds, this proved to be true when Heather’s pregnancy and care became challenging.
Heather and Jason went through the requisite prenatal education and felt prepared. At her first appointment, midwife Amy Richane told Heather about group classes for prenatal care. “We attended those classes and got to meet so many people who were due around the same time,” said Heather. “It was neat to talk to other people who were going through the same things we were.”
Heather’s pregnancy progressed; she and Jason had a birth plan and thought they knew what to expect. Yet things changed when Heather went to a routine appointment. An elevated blood pressure reading concerned Annie Heath, Heather’s midwife. When the time came to deliver, continued complications meant Heather’s care team recommended a cesarean section.
While the medical team assembled, Heather stayed focused with support from her nurses. Already exhausted, hungry and “a bit blurry,” Heather relied on her nurse support team. “Elaine held me the entire time. I was not sure what to expect and was so nervous, but I could tell Elaine had done this before and I felt safe.”
“My daytime nurse, Tammie, was more amazing than words can describe. She was with me at my most vulnerable point after the procedure. Later, when we were in the early breastfeeding stages, she helped us. She touched our lives and I will never forget the care she gave my family and me.”
A Full-Circle Experience
Recently, Heather and Jason returned to the Childbirth Center, with their son Chasen, to meet their new nephew and baby Chasen’s new cousin. “Just to see the nurses again; it was full circle for us,” Heather noted.
“Even though this was a tough situation for us as new parents, everyone always made sure we knew what to expect. From beginning to end, the information and support that were offered were excellent and just amazing.”
In the meantime, if expanding their family is in their future, Heather and Jason stand by their first choice. “We would return to the midwives and the Childbirth Center again and again, without a doubt!
Many people who are pregnant choose to embark on their birthing journey with midwives at their side. Pregnant people and couples interested in pursuing this option for pregnancy and birth can find out more about Cooley Dickinson’s certified nurse midwives, the Midwifery Center and many of our pre- and post-natal educational offerings by visiting our Midwifery Care page.Learn More