Is it safe for me to deliver my baby at a Henry Ford hospital?
Henry Ford Health System hospitals are well-equipped to care for you and your baby. Our staff is following local, state, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations regarding caring for patients requiring obstetrical care.
Right now, COVID-19 appears to infect infants and children much less than the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and weakened immune systems. For more information, talk to your OB doctor about your concerns and options.
What should I expect when I arrive at the hospital to have my baby?
All patients and visitors to our hospitals are screened at the main entrance. This includes screening questions about history of fever, travel history, known exposures, symptoms such as runny nose, cough, sore throat, etc. Then you will be escorted to the OB Unit/Labor & Delivery, and provided a mask if you’re not already wearing one. Similar screening questions may be asked, and vital signs are taken, and then you’ll be assigned to an appropriate room, based on your screening.
Who can stay with me for the baby’s birth?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have to restrict visitors to keep you and everyone in the hospital safe. Currently, our system hospitals are allowing one person — your partner or support person — to stay with you during the birthing experience. If you have specific questions about someone you wish to have with you, we suggest contacting your provider or the Birthing Center of the hospital you plan to deliver at.
What precautions will the Labor & Delivery staff take to help ensure that me and my baby are not exposed to other patients who may have coronavirus?
All hospital staff, including those within our Birthing Centers, follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control for caring for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 positive patients. This includes the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (masks, shields, gloves, gowns, etc.) and corresponding hygiene, disinfection and sterilization guidelines. Patients with COVID-19 are isolated in private rooms, and staff follow the appropriate standards designed to prevent the spread of infection.