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Brigham and Women’s Hospital Policies

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is working to create the safest environment for their patients and healthcare workers.  Please see the policy updates below.  We will continue to update this list as we receive more information. (last updated 5/27/21)

Universal COVID-19 Screening

All obstetrical patients being admitted to the hospital will be tested for COVID-19.  If you are scheduled for a planned admission (eg planned c-section, pitocin induction, etc) you will receive a call from the Ambulatory Testing Team at BWH to schedule outpatient testing 24-48 hours prior to your admission to the hospital.  If you are scheduled for cervical ripening at BWH prior to your pitocin induction, COVID-19 testing will be performed at that time.

Visitor Policies (No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed during this time)

  • OB Triage – No visitors, other than newborns, are allowed in OB triage at this time.  Unless you have a scheduled delivery (induction or cesarean delivery), the current recommendation is to have your support person drop you off and wait outside the hospital. The nursing team will inform you when your support person may join you in the hospital (after being admitted and settled into a private room)
  • Labor and Delivery – Two support persons are allowed.
  • Post Partum – One support person is allowed. One additional visitor is allowed between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • NICU – Two parents or guardians are allowed.

Visitor Behavior
Visitors are expected to help keep our hospital a safe place for all patients, visitors and staff by:

  • Wearing the provided mask at all times while visiting and making sure it covers both your nose and mouth completely
    Frequently washing your hands or using the hand sanitizer available
    Going directly to the patient’s room and staying in the room for your entire visit.
    Eating before or after your hospital visit. Visitors are not permitted to use the cafeteria, coffee shops and gift shop.

Visitor Questions
Family and friends who wish to learn about a patient’s status can call 617-732-5500. Immediate family are asked to please identify one primary family member to contact the patient’s nurse directly on the unit. Please note that patients have the right to limit access to information and condition.  For more information, visit the BWH Visitor Policy site directly.

Educational Classes and Maternity Tours at BWH

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is also suspending all in-person maternity tours and BWH sponsored birthing classes at this time.  Virtual educational classes are now available at BWH, visit their website to register.

You may still view an online version of the BWH Maternity Tour here.