We know you may be concerned about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact your delivery at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH). At the Tallahassee Memorial Alexander D. Brickler, MD Women’s Pavilion, ensuring mothers and their babies are cared for in a safe, healthy and caring environment is our greatest concern.
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To support and protect our families, we have modified our visitor policy to allow only one healthy adult visitor at a time per mother in the Triage, Labor & Delivery, Family Care and Antenatal Care Units. We encourage you to discuss this policy with your obstetricians and incorporate it into your birth plans.
For more details regarding what to expect download our labor and delivery frequently asked questions guide here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Women’s Pavilion visitor policy different from the visitor policy for the rest of the hospital?
Yes. Mothers admitted to the Women’s Pavilion are allowed one adult visitor at a time per patient. Each visitor may stay or visit with mom any time of day, as long as there is only one visitor per mom in the Women’s Pavilion at a time. (The Main Hospital’s visitor policy currently allows visitation between 7 am and 7 pm only.) As the situation evolves, there may be additional changes to our Women’s Pavilion visitor policy. We appreciate your patience as we do everything possible to keep you and your little one safe.
Does my one visitor need to be the same person for my entire hospitalization?
No. While each mother is only allowed one visitor at a time, your visitors may swap places throughout your hospitalization. (Example: One support person may be with you for a portion of your stay, then check out and allow a new visitor to be with you for another portion of your stay.)
How do you determine if a patient or visitor is healthy?
Every patient and visitor will be asked screening questions prior to entry into the Women’s Pavilion. If there is any concern for the health and safety of our patients, staff or other visitors, the individual will be directed to further evaluation and possible testing, to establish a plan of care. Visitors who do not pass their health screening may not be allowed to visit the Women’s Pavilion.
Do my visitor and I need to wear protective face masks when in the Women’s Pavilion?
Yes. Patients seeking care in the Women’s Pavilion are required to wear a protective face mask any time you are not in your patient room. Visitors must wear masks at all times, except for when it is necessary to remove the mask, like when eating or drinking. If you and your visitor do not have a mask, one will be provided upon entry to the Women’s Pavilion.
Does my doula count as my one visitor?
Yes. If you choose to have a doula present for your delivery, your doula will count as your one visitor while they are with you. You may, however, choose to have your doula present for a portion of your labor, then have them trade places with your support person for the birth. Please discuss this with your care team to come up with a plan that works best for you.
Will COVID-19 impact my cesarean section?
Cesarean sections will continue to be performed where indicated after a discussion between the patient and her provider. Additional precautions are in place to protect patients, their supports persons and the healthcare providers when COVID-19 is known or suspected. Appropriate steps are also in place to protect our healthy patients and their support persons.
Can my support person leave and get food or have food delivered?
Yes. Your support person may leave the Women’s Pavilion to retrieve any necessary items, like food. TMH’s cafeteria, Café 1300, is also open for visitors to purchase snacks and meals. You may also have food delivered, but must arrange for your support person to collect it from outside the Women’s Pavilion, as it cannot be delivered to the patient care floor or patient room at this time.
Can flowers and other gifts be delivered to a patient?
a. No outside deliveries are permitted to patient rooms at this time. However, flowers, balloons and gifts can be purchased via the Women’s Pavilion Gift Shop, which is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. You can call them at 850-431-0294.
Can my children visit me in the hospital?
The visitor policy allows for only one healthy adult visitor; therefore, children are not permitted access to the Women’s Pavilion at this time. This is for the safety of our patients, families and staff. We encourage you to call, FaceTime or use the platform of your choosing to make those connections with your children during your hospitalization.
Can I record or video stream my delivery?
We encourage patients to use virtual methods to connect with their loved ones during their hospital stay. The hospital does have a recording/photograph policy prohibiting recording our providers and staff. This must be maintained and will be discussed during the admission process.
What do I do if I have respiratory symptoms and am currently pregnant?
- Please refer to Leon County Department of Health, the CDC and/or TMH.ORG/Coronavirus for the most up-to-date information regarding screening and evaluation of patients with respiratory symptoms.
- In general, if you have non-emergent respiratory symptoms (with no concerning signs or symptoms related to your pregnancy), please call your primary care provider to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19 or another respiratory illness.
- If you have respiratory symptoms and obstetrical concerns including, but not limited to, loss of fluid, vaginal bleeding, contractions or decreased fetal movement, please CALL TMH’s Labor & Delivery Triage Unit at 850-431-0150 to let us know that you are on your way, so we can have staff prepared to meet and escort you to a patient room for further assessment and evaluation.
- As always, if you have any obstetrical concerns and/or have been directed to the Labor & Delivery Unit by your provider, please proceed to the Women’s Pavilion. We are here and happy to help 24 hours a day.
Are you offering a virtual tour of the Women's Pavilion?
Yes, a virtual tour is now available here.