IMPORTANT COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates Regarding Visitor Restrictions
MATERNITY VISITORS FOR DELIVERY ONLY:
As of 7am March 1st, two visitors ( must be at least 16 yo) may accompany the maternity patient during their stay. The two visitors must remain the same and cannot switch out during the stay. Due to safety reasons, only one visitor is allowed in the OR for a Cesarean delivery. In cases of adoption or surrogacy, one visitor is allowed for the maternity patient and two visitors are allowed for the fetus/neonate (three total). The NICU/SCN visitation policy will not change.
All visitors will be screened per protocol before entering the hospital. All maternity patients will be tested for COVID prior to admission for scheduled deliveries (within 72-96 hours prior to admission)and upon admission for non-scheduled deliveries.
If a visitor leaves the hospital they will need to be rescreened upon arrival and will need to check into the appropriate maternity unit and show photo ID to be readmitted.
The visitation list for infants in the Good Samaritan Hospital NICU and Bethesda North Special Care Nursery (SCN) will be limited to Mom and the holder of the second ID bracelet. They can come at the same time. Any time an approved visitor enters the hospital, they will need to bring their ID bracelet with them to help identify that they are an approved visitor. Visitors will then need to undergo screening, which will include both a risk questionnaire and temperature check, prior to being permitted to enter the NICU or SCN. No one under 18 will be allowed in the unit.
Neonatal Follow-up Clinic:
The infant/child may be accompanied to their neonatal follow up visit by up to two primary caregivers. Caregivers will need to undergo screening, which will include both a risk questionnaire and temperature check, prior to entering the clinic space. No children other than the patient themselves are allowed in clinic.
For the allowed exceptions, these rules apply:
- No visitors who have recently traveled outside the country are allowed in the building.
- No one with symptoms of COVID-19 are allowed in patient care areas (fever, cough, respiratory symptoms).
- All visitors must check in at nurse’s stations and use hand sanitizer upon entry of the patient care area.
- No minors are allowed inside the hospital.
Maternity COVID Testing Policy
All OB patients are required to test for COVID at the time of delivery.
- Patients who are scheduled for a Cesarean Delivery or Induction of Labor must have COVID-19 testing completed 72-96 hours prior to the scheduled date.
- You are encouraged to schedule testing to allow time for test results to be processed before your admission. If results are not received, due to weekend lag times, you may be asked to retest upon arrival at the hospital.
- Your OB provider will place an order and direct you to the nearest TriHealth testing location.
- All other patients will be tested upon presentation for delivery once admitted.
- Patients who refuse testing will be treated as COVID-positive.
- Patients who decline testing will be unable to visit an infant that is admitted to the Special Care Nursery or NICU for at least 10 days.
- Patients who decline testing will be unable to use the nursery and baby will remain in the room with the mother.
- Patients who decline testing will receive meals on special trays per COVID protocols.
- Patients who decline testing and request circumcision will not be able to access the nursery, and an alternate room location will be arranged.
- If you have tested COVID-positive (documented test result in chart) within the past three months and continue to be symptom-free, you will not need to be retested at the time of delivery.
We Deliver the Most Babies of Any Regional Health Care System
It’s true that more than 10,000 babies are born in the TriHealth system every year, but it’s more than just babies that we deliver. Our skill and Level III NICU give birth to expertise and patient confidence. Our new renovations give birth to patients’ comfort and happiness.
With the addition of nurse midwives and stronger partnerships, more personalized birth plans are born to every patient. As the leader in the area, we boldly say families, legacies and traditions are born here.
TriHealth Women’s Services…Delivering the Experts in Cincinnati Obstetrics
TriHealth Women’s Institute physicians, working together to improve the health of women and their families, are located throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. They will monitor your progress throughout your pregnancy to ensure that you and your baby receive expert, attentive obstetrics care at every moment.
High Risk Maternity Care for Mom and Baby
Good Samaritan has state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care services (NICU) for pregnant women and newborns, and the Harold and Margret Thomas Special Care Nursery at Bethesda North offers Level II nursery services.
Additionally, the Seton Center for Advanced Obstetrics and Special Care Obstetrics Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Bethesda North Hospital Perinatal Center provide care for women with high-risk pregnancies.
A partnership among Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University Hospital, the Cincinnati Fetal Center is a collaborative program that provides exceptional medical care for women and their unborn babies who have complications related to abnormalities of the baby or issues related to a difficult pregnancy.
The team of eleven board-certified maternal-fetal specialists at Tri-State Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates offers a full range of services for you and your baby including fetal diagnosis and testing, gestational diabetes care and genetic counseling.
Please refer to our Resource Guides for information on everything from pregnancy planning to postpartum care.
- Maternity Resource Guide: Postpartum (PDF
- Pregnancy Resource Guide (PDF)
- Essentials of Breastfeeding and Pumping (PDF)
*The information in these books are to be used as guidelines. Medical advances are being made every day, so please check with you physician or midwife if you have any questions.
For additional information, call the TriHealth Women's HealthLine at 513 475 4500 or email us.