Only one support person (spouse, partner, or other) at a time is permitted to attend the hospital with a labouring patient during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that for labour support ONLY one person is allowed.
The support person must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. If your primary support person has a positive screen, is on quarantine, or has a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, they will not be allowed to come into the hospital.
Currently, all people who have travelled outside of Canada are recommended to self-isolate for 14 days after return. As such, they will not be allowed in the hospital during those 14 days.
The support person must stay with the labouring patient for the duration of her stay, and the following criteria is met:
- Mother is in a private room
- Support person does not leave this room, including for food or to smoke
If the support person leaves the hospital for any reason they will not be permitted to return until the mother is discharged.