COVID-19 Policy and Procedures
We are committed to protecting everyone’s health and wellbeing at Born Midwives. We have implemented the following policies to keep everyone (clients, visitors, midwives, administrative staff) as safe as possible during the pandemic.
Infection Control Measures:
- We have closed our waiting room and suspended our lending library until further notice
- Hand sanitizer is available in all rooms of our clinic.
- Born Midwives require all visitors over the age of 5 to wear a mask or face covering within the clinic. Barring medical reasons, there are no exceptions to this policy. We will provide medical masks available to those who require one. Virtual visits will be arranged for those who refuse or cannot wear masks.
- Our midwives and support staff will wear appropriate PPE. This may consist of wearing a medical mask, face shield/eye protection, protective gown, and/or gloves.
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures:
- all equipment, examination beds, and seating are wiped down with disinfectant between each client visit
- high traffic touch points (door handles, buttons, countertops) are wiped with disinfectant frequently throughout the day
- parking tokens are disinfected prior to distribution
- our office is professionally cleaned at the end of each clinic day
- Approximately 48 hours prior to your appointment, you will receive an e-mail reminder to complete Covid screening for each in-person appointment. It is important to complete this screening prior to your visit. If you do not receive these e-mails, please let our office administrator know right away.
- Please do not come to a clinic appointment if you are ill. Our administrator will be more than happy to reschedule you for a virtual appointment, or an in-person appointment when you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
- Anyone with a positive Covid screen will not be permitted to visit the clinic, and a virtual visit or hospital assessment (if warranted) will be planned instead.
Alteration of Visits:
- Our midwives offer the World Health Organization (WHO) schedule for prenatal visits as warranted (see schedule here).
- In order to mutually reduce potential exposure, midwives may offer virtual visits via telephone or Zoom when in-person assessment is not required or recommended.
- Our midwives may also conduct the ‘discussion’ portion of your clinic visit over the telephone while you are in your vehicle and then ask you to come into clinic for the physical examination portion (blood pressure, palpation, listening to baby’s heartbeat).
Visiting Our Clinic:
- Please arrive for your clinic appointment as close to the scheduled time as possible. Our midwives make every effort to remain on time, but sometimes this is not possible. You may be contacted to come later in the day if we are running behind. We ask for your flexibility, patience, and understanding.
- If you have arrived via personal vehicle, remain in your vehicle until you are called in by your midwife. If you have arrived by bus/taxi/walking, please wait outside the office until called in by your midwife (the exception to this is inclement weather – raining, snowing, etc.)
- You will be asked to use sanitizer to clean your hands upon entry to the clinic.
- We currently do not allow support people to accompany clients into the clinic unless medically necessary. We recognize this is not ideal and strive to include support people in a way that is safe for all. You are welcome to have your support person included in your visits via speakerphone or a video call.
- We ask that children are left at home with an alternate caregiver but recognize this may not always be possible. Please contact our office if this is the case.
- Covid screening will be done over the phone prior to each home visit.
- If you or anyone in your home screens positive or is symptomatic of Covid-19, your visit may need to be rescheduled, done virtually, or you may need to come to the clinic if a physical assessment is required for you or your baby.
- We ask that minimal support people are present in the immediate vicinity of the home visit
- We ask that masks are worn by all during home visits.
- If possible/reasonable, please allow for extra ventilation in your home. This can be achieved by opening a window, or by using an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
- Covid screening will be done over the phone prior to arrival.
- In the event of planned home birth, and you or a member of your immediate household are ill or symptomatic of Covid-19, it is highly advised for birth to occur in the hospital setting.
- Midwives will wear appropriate PPE as determined by the individual midwife. In addition to wearing a medical face mask, this may also consist of medical scrubs, face shield, eye goggles, isolation gown, or an N95 respirator.
- We ask that masks are worn by all during the home birth.
- We ask that only necessary support persons are present for the birth. Video call platforms are a great way to include extra support from those who live afar.
- As above, if extra ventilation in your home can be achieved, please do so.