Giving Birth

Pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Henry Ford Health System hospitals are well-equipped to care for you and your baby during pregnancy and birth. We follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations regarding care for obstetrical patients. Learn more
  • Read our blog post: Reducing pregnancy stress during COVID-19

The birth of your baby (whether it’s your first or you’re adding to your family again) is a very special time, and you deserve a personalized, family-centered childbirth experience. At Henry Ford, our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where you can deliver your baby the way you choose with the support of our expert delivery team.

When you arrive at the hospital, you will be examined and escorted to your private room, where all stages of labor, delivery and recovery take place -- unless a C-section is required. Your spouse, partner or support person is welcome to be with you during all phases of childbirth, according to your wishes and safety considerations.

Your spacious room provides an opportunity to bond with your baby and the comforts of home, with the added security of medical experts and advanced technology. Family members may stay with you and your baby unless the newborn requires special medical attention or you need rest.

Watch Our Facebook Live Q & A

On April 8, maternal and fetal medicine specialist Dr. Gregory Goyert answered your questions about pregnancy during theCOVID-19 outbreak.

C-section delivery

A C-section, or Cesarean birth, is a surgery. It may be scheduled or performed as an emergency procedure, for such reasons as:

  • Baby is in distress
  • You or your baby are at risk
  • Labor is not progressing well
  • Baby is in breech (feet first) position
  • A medical issue prevents a vaginal delivery
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If this is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
  • If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days:
    • fever
    • chills
    • drenching sweats
    • new cough
    • shortness of breath
    • body aches
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email

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