As the global and local situation of the pandemic continues to evolve, Minnesota Birth Center (MBC) remains committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community.
Read on for a summary of our current policies and practices, as of April 1, 2022:
- Please take your temperature before coming to the birth center to ensure it is below 100.0. Do not enter our buildings with a fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
- Call our nurse line to discuss your situation and make a plan with a nurse or midwife.
- Regardless of vaccination status or whether you have symptoms, do not enter our building if you have had an exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
- Call our nurse line to discuss your situation and make a plan with a nurse or midwife. In certain situations, such as with a negative test result on/after day 6, you may be able to return earlier than 10 days.
- If you have a recent COVID-19 infection confirmed with a positive test result, stay home until both of the following are true:
- It has been 10 days since your first day of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, your positive test result, and
- Your symptoms have resolved.
- Call our nurse line to discuss your situation and make a plan with a nurse or midwife. In certain time-sensitive situations, you may be able to return earlier than 10 days.
- There are no current limits on the number of visitors at clinic appointments or births; this includes children. All must meet the above criteria regarding absence of COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, and infection.
- Masks in clinic and at births: Per current CDC guidelines for healthcare facilities, masks continue to be required for entrance into clinic and at labors (regardless of vaccination status). If you have a mask at home, please wear it into the building. If not, we will have masks available for your use. Please sanitize your hands prior to taking a mask.
- Laboring clients* and children under the age of two are the only exceptions to mask requirements.
- Our staff reserve the right to ask you to switch into a surgical mask. Based on guidance from MDH, the following mask types are not acceptable because they allow droplets to be released from the mask:
- Any masks that incorporate a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling
- Mesh masks
- Masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents.
- *Masking requirements may differ if you have been exposed to or tested positive for Covid recently. Please discuss with a team member if this is the case.
- Recent Covid infection may affect the location or plan for the birth: If any symptoms, exposures, or positive tests occur, please discuss with a midwife at your next appointment or by phone, if needed.
- Telehealth: We continue to offer some virtual visits as a standard part of our prenatal, postpartum, and lactation care. Patients will receive a link prior to the appointment that will allow access to the virtual appointment room; no app download is necessary. We encourage partners/spouses/support persons to participate in these virtual visits as well. Many appointments can be switched to a virtual format, even last minute. Please let us know if you need or desire a virtual appointment instead.
- If this is not your first pregnancy, consider spacing your OB visits to up to 8 weeks apart until the third trimester if you feel comfortable doing so. Of greatest importance are the following visits:
- 20-week ultrasound at 20-22 weeks
- 24- to 28-week gestational diabetes test
- 36-week group B strep test and hemoglobin
- 41-week visit, including a non-stress test and Amniotic Fluid Index
- We encourage all clients to read this consensus statement from several leading organizations representing experts in maternal care and public health, including the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for those who are pregnant. Please see your midwife with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Any questions about our COViD-19 policies and practices can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.