Also, as of April 1, the medical center added a visitor policy that includes only one guest for delivering mothers, similar to other local hospitals. Labor and Delivery staff also ask that those guests limit entering and exiting the hospital while the patient is admitted.
To protect everyone, the 88th MDG has policies to care for patients on site, whether or not they have COVID-19.
McGough said expectant mothers who present to the hospital in labor and have tested positive for COVID-19 or screen as a person under investigation will be cared for by the Labor and Delivery staff in a separate unit.
“Our Labor and Delivery team works very hard to establish trust and rapport between the health care team and the patient beginning with their first prenatal appointment all the way through their inpatient stay. We take the health and lives of our staff and patients very seriously and have been working hard to ensure we have the most up-to-date information on ways to protect those lives,” said McGough.
In addition to those changes and in lieu of in-person tours, the Labor and Delivery staff is working on developing a virtual tour and online option for sharing its birth class information with patients.
For now, patients can receive a copy of the birth handbook that is provided to expectant mothers during the birth class by calling the Perinatal Center at 937-257-1938. When they are discharged, another available resource is the New Parent Support Program.
Even with all the changes brought about by COVID-19, the desire to assist and provide patients with their best possible birthing experience is always apparent.
“Our staff is wonderful, and their teamwork is nothing short of amazing,” said McGough. “The staff continually checks in on one another and are making sure to keep some laughter present throughout each day.”