Dear Patients,

    We would like to let you know that the physicians and the staff at The Baby Suites at Brandon Regional Hospital, are open and welcome you to share your birth experience with us. We would like to take this opportunity to update you of the changes caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.

    We are taking every precaution to ensure that both our staff and you, our patients are protected. While much is still being learned about COVID-19, the health and safety of our pregnant patients is and has always been our top priority. Every birth is unique and we will continue to ensure a safe environment for the most important moments in a mother’s life.

    Visitation

    At this time, our policy is to allow one named visitor to be present for your birth, and the duration of your hospital stay, provided that they meet the hospital's health screening requirements. This visitor may stay overnight with you once you are moved from Labor and Delivery to Mom/Baby. The named visitor that you have at your delivery is the only person who may visit you. However, it's important that you stay in close contact with your OB, or contact labor and Delivery (L&D) at (813) 916-3301 as these policies may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

    On arrival at the hospital:

    Before you arrive at the hospital, we want to make you aware of a few additional precautionary steps we are taking at this time. We have a number of screening questions in place for all patients and visitors before entering the building. Again, this is precautionary and helps maintain the safety of all involved, and limits the spread of any potential infectious illnesses.

    You and your visitor will be provided with a mask to wear at all times during your hospital stay.

    Here are the questions you may be asked:

    • Does the Patient/Visitor have
      1. A fever?
      2. Signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness, for example a cough or shortness of breath?
      3. Upset stomach?
      4. Loss of taste or a metallic taste in your mouth?
      5. Has the Patient/Visitor had any close contact with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days?
      6. Have you travelled anywhere within the last 14 days?

    All of our maternity patients are cared for in private rooms, which include their own bathroom. We ask that all patients and visitors remain in their room and avoid circulation in common areas as much as reasonably possible.

    Our staff are dedicated to keeping you safe. All of our staff members have been trained on hand hygiene and other infection control measures.

    To protect yourself and our staff, it’s imperative that you follow the latest government advice about social distancing; stay away from public places and avoid anyone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Please continue to refer to the current guidance on infection prevention for yourself and your household; direction from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in regard to pregnancy and breastfeeding can be found on the CDC website.

    We ask patients and their named visitor to be particularly vigilant with respect to social distancing in the 14 days prior to admission. No children or additional visitors will be permitted.

    Any mother with a confirmed COVID-19 case or who is experiencing symptoms, will be supported by taking all the possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant. Whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding will be determined by the mother in coordination with her healthcare providers.

    Should you be positive or have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please know that we will do our utmost to ensure that those who have remained unaffected, are kept safe and well.

    If your visitor has been self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms, or in contact with an individual who has had symptoms, they MUST NOT come with you to the hospital. If your support person cannot pass our strict screening process, they MUST NOT come with you.

    The mother may also have a paid professional doula at her side for the duration of labor and delivery. We recognize the doula as part of the maternal care team, but the doula must pass our current screening process.

    We have robust procedures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our hospital and in the community.

    To reduce unnecessary traffic to and throughout the hospital, all parent education classes and tours have been cancelled for the foreseeable future; where possible we have introduced virtual tours and classes. Please call labor and Delivery or go to our Labor and Delivery page. We have provided several short videos, as well as a virtual tour.

    What to do when you go into labor

    If you think your labor has started, or if you need to go to the hospital for a medical or pregnancy related concern, know that we will are here to help and support you. Please come to the C Tower Women’s entrance, where you can be screened quickly.

    We remain focused on providing you with outstanding care, and we have dedicated staff working hard to ensure you have a healthy and positive pregnancy and birth. Our first priority is providing you with safe and effective care, and we are committed to partnering with you in our efforts to care for you and your baby during this time.

    Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU):

    Our excellent Level III NICU is open and staffed with nurses, advanced practice nurses and Neonatologists (Doctors) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should your baby require additional care.

    Due to these uncertain times, we realize that your birth experience may not be the way you imagined it. However, we will continue to go above and beyond to help you get the most out of this experience while adhering to the guidelines set in place to keep you and your baby safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,
    Physicians and staff of the Women’s and Children’s Services