Current COVID- 19 Guidelines

Updated March 23, 2021

At River Valley Birth Center we are dedicated to the health and wellness of the families we serve, our own families, and our greater community. We continue to follow the guidelines recommended for healthcare facilities as well as Executive Order 20-81, which requires appropriate face coverings in all indoor businesses.

We receive frequent questions regarding COVID-19 policies and the practical implications. It is common for questions to involve future timelines, such as what our policies may look like months from now. As the providers of maternity care we are, unfortunately, ill-equipped to tell the future. This is quite a disappointment to us as we would love to be able to share with people what they can anticipate months down the road. We are, however, able to be completely transparent about what we are doing in the present time. We will continue to update our guidelines as new information reveals itself.

Our guidelines for clinic are as follows:

  • We continue to offer care in a hybrid fashion allowing for in-office visits and virtual visits, depending on the needs of each person.

  • For in-office appointments we are requesting the client come alone or with only their partner. During office appointments all individuals must be masked with a proper fitting mask that covers their mouth and nose.

  • If the client or anyone in their household is ill with a contagious disease/infection, the appointment needs to be rescheduled or performed virtually.

  • We try to schedule our appointments to avoid multiple clients being in the building at the same time, if you arrive early, please stay in your car until your appointment time.

  • We are not offering tours of the birth rooms on clinic days, but we have a video tour available.

Our guidelines for births are as follows:

  • The client does not need to remain masked when in their birth room, although they may do so if they prefer.

  • Support person(s) from the same household need to wear a mask anytime they leave the birth room. If our staff is in the birth room working in close proximity, the support person should be masked.

  • Any support people from outside the birthing family's home must remain masked the entire time they are in the facility.

  • It is important to us that clients have options for emotional support. We continue to welcome doulas at River Valley Birth Center as well as the partner/other parent of the baby.

  • Laboring and/or birthing in water continues to be offered.

  • Nitrous oxide for pain relief continues to be offered.

  • Moving forward, there will be additional flexibility in the size of the support team a client is allowed and we will make a plan with each family as their due date approaches. The size of the support team will still be subject to the constraints of the physical space as all individuals must be able to safely fit in the birth room without impeding our abilities to perform our work.

  • No individuals in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure or illness are permitted in the facility during their quarantine time.

  • No individuals who are ill with contagious diseases/infections/illnesses are permitted in the facility.

  • Our staff will be wearing appropriate PPE and smiling with our eyes to show how delighted we are to work with you during this special time in your life.

Notice: The current guidelines apply even if individuals have antibodies for COVID-19 after infection and/or have been vaccinated. While our team has been vaccinated, we continue to practice with an abundance of caution and will continue to comply with Executive Order 20-81.