Your Baby’s Birth During COVID-19

We’re being extra careful to protect our moms throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon arrival at the hospital, you’ll notice these changes are in place to protect you and your soon-to-be-newborn.

  • In addition to the usual maternity screening process, you’ll be asked questions about your health and any possible exposure to COVID-19. For your protection, you’ll be given a mask.
  • If you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival, you’ll be isolated from healthy moms, as well as from moms who have tested positive for COVID-19. This process is also true for patients with the flu, and is intended to protect you and other moms. All staff will be wearing personal protective equipment.
  • Because some people test positive for COVID-19 without ever developing symptoms, it’s possible you could have the virus and not know it. That’s why we believe COVID-19 is crucial for mothers with these conditions: preeclampsia, those in pre-term labor, those with unexplained fever, and those planning a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC). Although you have the right to refuse the test, for the sake of your baby, your family, friends, and yourself, we hope you’ll agree. If you refuse testing, you will be treated as positive for COVID-19.
  • If you show COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, you’ll be cared for separately in a special unit of the hospital by obstetricians and other specialists. Only one support person will be allowed. After giving birth, while you’re still infectious, you may be separated temporarily from your baby to protect your baby’s health.
  • Because breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, your access to our lactation consultants and our lactation clinics hasn’t changed. And in case you’re wondering, breast milk is safe for your newborn during COVID-19.

Lactation consultations via phone are available by calling:

We know that in-person lactation visits are necessary for some babies to ensure they’re getting the nutrition they need. Regardless of where you delivered, you may request an in-person consultation at:

  • Miami Valley Hospital, call (937) 208-6160 for an appointment. Although this private lactation clinic is located within the hospital, you can get there without walking through hospital corridors.
  • Upper Valley Medical Center, call (937) 440-4906 for an appointment. During COVID-19, consultations are being held at alternate locations that are on the hospital campus, but not within the hospital.
  • Bella Baby photography is available to record your baby’s first days.
  • Maternal massage is suspended.
  • Expect all hospital staff to be wearing masks. But behind each mask expect to find unwavering dedication to you, your baby, and your family.