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 sanitizing their homes.
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 concern and admonishing for social distancing, we are extending that by the 21 days if a doula has been exposed with someone with the Corona Virus, the flu or a cold.
If you’ve scheduled a labor support doula or would like labor support, we are offering virtual support during labor. Many hospitals have now limited any support persons to one (in CT as of now).
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. We are set-up to assist by phone or with virtual support. We can help a mom with breastfeeding issues, newborn questions and advice, encouragement for parents, and suggestions for how to cope with toddlers. Please call if you’d like to discuss arranging for that support if you have had your baby or are currently due between now and May 1st.
If you have had your baby but are finding yourself alone and overwhelmed by the demands of your newborn, we can still provide physical support. We will send a doula who has been strictly staying home and keeping away from others, preventing her from being infected herself. 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 and cleaning surfaces. A doula can avoid direct contact with you and 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.
Sue Shepard and Sheila Marley
MothersCare Doula Services