Coronavirus: MUHC clarifying changes to birthing rules

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is reminding expectant families that their birthing policy has changed amidst the coronavirus crisis in Quebec.

That means while spouses, birth coaches and other family members may have been allowed to attend a birth before the pandemic began, restrictions are now in place to curb the spread of the virus, limiting who will be allowed to accompany or visit the mother.

“In an effort to ensure the safety of our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re clarifying our visiting policy for the MUHC’s Birthing Centre, Obstetrics Clinic and Post Partum Unit,” the hospital wrote on their social media platforms.

The second parent or dedicated person can stay with the mother during her time in hospital, but must respect various policies, including confinement to the room.

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For those having a cesarean, only the mother — no one else — is allowed in the operating room.

As for follow-up appointments with pregnant women, no visitors are permitted. That includes spouses, children and other family members.

The hospital is also asking that patients without an accepted transfer from another health institution do not present themselves to the MUHC’s Birthing Centre.

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