IMPORTANT COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates Regarding Visitor Restrictions
MATERNITY VISITORS FOR DELIVERY ONLY:
One visitor (18 and older) may act as a support person during the labor and post-partum process. All other family/friends/siblings must stay home. This visitor must be screened regarding exposure and without symptoms.
Effective tomorrow 3.18 Doulas will no longer be allowed on the OB units, unless they count as the one support person for the entire stay.
In the case of adoption or surrogacy, one person (18 and older) may be present as a support person for the laboring patient and one person (18 and older) may be present for the baby (adoptive parent or biological parent).
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:
Effective immediately, neonatal follow-up clinic will temporarily close to minimize any non-essential pediatric care within the hospital. Clinic staff will work with pediatrician offices and families to provide guidance by phone as necessary, with the goal of reopening clinic when restricted visitation policies are discontinued.
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.
Your Hospital Stay
Having a baby is an exciting time and brings with it many new experiences. We want you to have the best stay possible in the short time you are here. Our goal is to meet your expectations, while giving you an idea of what to expect when you are here. The average length of stay is less than two to three days. There is a lot to do in that short time, and you will experience multiple interruptions in your day with visits from staff members who are there to ensure you and your baby have everything you need before your discharge.
Our hospitals offer a “Mommy Quiet Time” daily to allow for one and a half hours without interruptions, unless you want to be available for a particular interaction.
Having a baby takes a lot of energy. If you feel you are someone who requires additional down time, you may consider limiting your visitors so you have more time to rest and less time being a host.
After discharge from the hospital you may receive a follow up phone call from one of the nurses from the Post-Partum Unit. This call is provided to check to see how things are going at home and answer any questions you may have regarding your discharge instructions. If you are not at home we will leave a message allowing you the opportunity to return the call.
TriHealth cafeterias offer reasonably priced meals and snacks and are open at varying times.
- Click here for Bethesda North cafeteria hours and food options.
- Click here for Good Samaritan cafeteria hours and food options.
TriHealth gift shops offer a variety of gifts, including flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, magazines and cards. At Good Samaritan, the Guild Gift Shop is located on the First Floor, and a smaller Clifton Corner Shop is located on the Sixth Floor. Bethesda North Hospital has a gift shop on the First Floor near the main entrance.
Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals offer a variety of support services for mothers-to-be. Chaplains are available to meet spiritual needs. Grief support nurses are available to assist in meeting emotional and spiritual needs if you should experience a loss during any stage of your pregnancy. Social Services representatives provide counseling and referrals to community resources, and patient representatives coordinate communication between patients and the hospital to help resolve problems, concerns and unmet needs.
- Bethesda North: 513 865 1175
- Good Samaritan: 513 862 2281
- Learn more about pastoral care at TriHealth.
- Bethesda North: 513 865 1115
- Good Samaritan: 513 862 2582
Perinatal Grief Specialist
- Bethesda North and Good Samaritan 513 862 1163
TriHealth wants your birth experience to be a joyful one. However, in the event of a difficult outcome, TriHealth offers the support of a perinatal grief specialist.
Cell phones are permitted in the hospital on units where monitoring is not in place. Cell phones are not permitted in the NICU or the Special Care Nursery. Reception may be poor in some areas.