Current COVID- 19 Guidelines

Updated April 3, 2022

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.

Our guidelines for clinic are as follows:

  • We continue to offer care in person while also having virtual visits available.

  • During office appointments all individuals above the age of 2 must be masked in accordance to the CDC guidelines for healthcare facilities.

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

  • Children are welcome to come with you to your appointments, but must remain in the appointment room and under your direct supervision for the entirety of the visit. This rule isn't really about COVID. We just want our smallest guests to be under our supervision to keep them safe.

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 and walk through the common areas in the facility.

  • Any support people from outside the birthing family's home (doulas, photographers, friends, etc) must remain masked the entire time they are in the facility, including in the birth room.

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

  • Nitrous oxide for pain relief continues to be offered.

  • It is important for our clients to have the emotional support they desire. We welcome partners, doulas, family members, etc. as guests in our facility. The size of the support team will still be subject to the constraints of the physical space of the birth room with patient safety in mind, but we do not have a specific limit on the number of people you may have with you.

  • All support people should be in good health and free of symptoms of illness. This is not a new policy as newborns are very susceptible to illnesses, especially illnesses such as RSV or influenza.