Clinic safety protocols
To keep in step with Public Health recommendations, we made the following changes to our practice:
- Pre-screening all clients prior to arrival and before any home visits
- Following the WHO schedule for essential in-person prenatal visits, with all other scheduled visits taking place via Telehealth
- Limiting the amount of face-to-face time at in-person visits by doing Q&A on the phone prior to the client being invited to enter the clinic
- Requiring all clients to wear a medical-grade mask to all visits (if you don’t have one, we can provide one)
- Removed all toys, books, flyers, business cards, brochures, and magazines
- Rescheduled all group care to individual visits
- Re-created Connecting Pregnancy classes in an online format
- Increased cleaning regimen to include a deep clean daily as well as wiping down all equipment and surfaces with anti-bacterial and antiviral cleaners between client visits
What is happening at RCH?
- Only your partner (and a certified doula) are permitted to attend you during labour; your partner only is permitted during the postpartum time. All visitors will be screened at the door, must wear a medical-grade mask, and will be refused entry if they are ill in any way.
- Giving Birth at RCH in the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Giving Birth at RCH If You Are COVID-19 Positive
Monitor yourself daily for the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills?
- Cough or shortness of breath?
- Runny nose or nasal congestion?
- Sore throat/painful swallowing?
- Loss of sense of taste/smell or appetite?
- Headache, muscle aches, or fatigue?
If you have any of the above symptoms, no matter how mild, seek screening immediately and self-isolate until you get your results.
What can you do?
- Start considering the risks & benefits of Covid-19 vaccination by reading the current Canadian guidelines.
- Follow Public Health recommendations. Don’t take any unnecessary risks for you or your family. Follow the excellent advice from Health Canada for new parents.
- To decrease the traffic to the clinic, bring only yourself (and your newborn after you’ve given birth) to your visits. We’ll be happy to video-conference with other family members as you prefer. If you’ve given birth by c-section, your partner can carry baby up to the clinic for you, and can return at the end of your visit.
- Please do not attend the clinic if you are ill. Call us for advice and/or to reschedule.
- Limit your visitors after baby comes–continue to follow Public Health recommendations re: social gatherings and physical distancing.