Pictured are Jenn Jones, RN and Gritman Family Birth Center director, and Dr. Summer Day, Gritman/Moscow Family Medicine physician and pediatric hospitalist.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created many questions for pregnant women and their families about how their birth experience here at Gritman’s Family Birth Center may be impacted. We want you to know we are committed to providing superior care and preventing transmission of COVID-19 in our hospital.
Here are some things we are doing to protect you and your baby:
- We are staying current with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for caring for pregnant women and their babies with known or possible COVID-19, and we are adapting our guidelines as needed.
- We have made new visitor policies to protect you and your baby:
- Patients will be limited to one visitor or support person. There will be exceptions for doulas if they meet screening requirements.
- Pregnant and post-birth patients will enter the hospital through our main parking lot entrance, where a staff member will be screening patients for potentially infectious symptoms.
- No children other than newborns will be allowed.
- We have a plan in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Gritman FBC:
- Our staff and providers are screened daily and will not be at work if they have any concerning symptoms, contacts or travel history.
- We have the space available to isolate and protect any potential COVID-19 moms and babies from other patients.
- Although there are nationwide shortages of personal protective equipment, we are fortunate to have what is necessary to protect our moms and babies from the spread of COVID-19.
- We will be able to test you should COVID-19 be suspected.
This is a challenging time, and we want you to know we are here for you. If you have further questions about how COVID-19 might affect your delivery plans, please call the FBC at 208-883-2229.
Stay up to date on our emergency response at gritman.org/coronavirus.