MothersCare’s response to the Covid-19 virus
We know how concerned you are about the health of your babies, toddlers, yourselves and extended families. Our doulas are all taking precautions as outlined by the CDC. They are staying home and limiting social contact, washing their hands and using sanitizer when they are out in public.
As always, our doulas don’t work with families if they are sick or are exposed to someone who is sick. This has been our policy. Now with the increasing panic we are seeing in the news (and the grocery stores!), we are relieved that young children and babies seem to either not get sick or develop very mild symptoms, if they do acquire the illness.
If you’ve scheduled a labor support doula and still want the doula to come to the hospital with you, you will need to see if the hospital you are delivering at will allow you to have a birth doula. According to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, doulas “should not be blocked from caring for patients in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum period.” If you can have your doula during labor, she can wear a mask, if you’d prefer. She will follow the hospital protocol and use handwashing and hand sanitizer continually.
As far as postpartum support, we are here if you need help. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the demands of your new baby and need our support, we will send a doula who has been conscientiously staying home and keeping away from others being infected. If you want the doula to wear a mask while working with you, she will do that and, as always, she will be mindful of regular handwashing. A doula can avoid direct contact with the baby and do the household things that may ease some stress such as laundry, light housework, meal preparation and she can go to the store for you. The doulas have their own vehicles.
Hopefully as the weather breaks, so will the virus and life can return to some normalcy.
Feel free to call us to discuss any of your needs at this time.
Sue Shepard and Sheila Marley
MothersCare Doula Services