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Click here to read about visitor restrictions and steps we are taking to keep you and your baby safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know that your loved ones are an important part of this experience, and we are excited for you to share these special moments with them.

Fairfield Medical Center is taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maternity patients are allowed one identified primary support person in the facility. This person will have an identification band readily visible for staff to check. This person will not change during the patient’s stay.

  • In addition to one support person, one additional support person or doula is permitted during the labor process and recovery time, or 1-2 hours post delivery. This person will be the same person throughout the delivery process and cannot switch with someone else.
    • The second support person is never allowed in the OR for a C-section or in the nursery.
  • Post-delivery visitation: Two people at a time (in addition to the primary support person) will be allowed to visit from the hours of noon-7 p.m. Sibling visitors two years and older must wear a mask.
  • Only the primary support person and the mother will have a band and be permitted in the nursery.
  • If a mother who has delivered has been readmitted, newborns and one caregiver are permitted in the room.
    It is always important to protect yourself from illness when pregnant. Everyone in the home should avoid contact with anyone who has been exposed to the virus or anyone with symptoms. Everyone should wash their hands frequently and thoroughly throughout the day, and surfaces in the home should be cleaned and disinfected daily.

Current data suggests mother-to-child transmission of Coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely but, after birth, a newborn is at risk for becoming ill from contact with caregivers who are sick. A small number of babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth; however, it is unknown if these babies got the virus before or after birth. So far, the virus has not been found in amniotic fluid or breastmilk. If you are sick and choose to breastfeed, you should wear a face mask and wash your hands before each feeding. During this time, we encourage you to bring your own breast pump with you to the hospital in case you need it. As always, be sure you are following proper recommendations for pump washing and pump use, including washing your hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and before expressing breast milk.

Our Maternity Unit is a locked unit for the safety and security of our moms and babies. This means visitors will need to buzz in via intercom in order to gain access to the unit.