Updated: Mar 16
As of March 15, 2021, you are now allowed TWO visitors AND a Novant Verified Doula to accompany you to your birth and one of the visitors is allowed to switch out! This is awesome news and I am so excited to answer any questions you may have.
In mid June, Novant executives and local OBGYN/Midwives met and discussed ways in which they could safely get doulas back into the hospital to support mutual clients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They needed a way to have doulas bypass visitor restrictions, while still providing a level of care that ALL were comfortable with. What they came up with, while not ideal, is a way to make all parties satisfied! Long story short, they came up with a way to get us back in to support you!
After a rather lengthy list of requirements being met, I am so happy to announce that I am APPROVED to be with you in the birth space, at any Novant area hospital!
What This Actually Means for You
When the COVID-19 pandemic started and all area hospitals restricted visitation, your doula OR birthing partner were allowed in the room to support you, not both. Now that I am approved to attend births at Novant hospitals, I will NO LONGER be considered a visitor.
Simplified, this means that while you are still only allowed one visitor, I won't be included in that count. You can now officially have myself AND your birth partner present! My support for you and your family has not changed. You get 100% of my attention, education, preparation and advocacy, same as before!