Update #5 – June 22, 2020
Changes to Visitor/Support Person Policies
We are excited to share some important changes to the visitor policies. As we now move into the recovery phase around COVID-19 and in alignment with the information from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Trillium Health Partners (Mississauga Hospital and Credit Valley Hospital) are lifting some of the visitor restrictions in the Women’s and Children’s Program.
Effective Friday June 19th at 10:00 support persons will now be able to stay on the postpartum units (Mother Baby and Obstetrics Unit) for the duration of the birthing parent’s admission.
In order to provide safe, high-quality care, and reduce the transmission of illness as best as we can to protect all patients, the following will be put in place:
- The same support person identified in the Birthing Suites will be the support person allowed to access the postpartum wards
- One support person per patient dyad (birthing person and baby)
- Support person must pass the screening at entrances, must wear a mask (provided by hospital), perform hand hygiene, and comply with social distancing and PPE practices
- Support person must remain in patient’s room, no socializing in the unit common areas
- Support person is able to leave the hospital once a day and return once a day, including trips to the hospital cafeteria/food vendors (we recommend packing snacks!)
- Antepartum patients (people admitted to the MBU/OBS wards for monitoring prior to labour/delivery) may have one identified support person during their admission. This support person may have one visit a day with patient
- Any exceptions to these principles would need to go through the Appeals Process
If you have any specific questions regarding the hospital visitor policy and how it may affect your birth, please discuss with your midwife team.
Wearing Non-Medical Masks in Clinic
Following best-practice guidelines for preventing asymptomatic spread of COVID-19, we ask that all clients please bring and wear your own mask for the duration of your in-person clinic visits. Your midwives will continue to wear masks as well.
Please note: anyone wearing gloves to the clinic will be asked to remove them at the door. We will provide hand sanitizer and/or access to soap/water to clean hands upon entry to clinic.
Please review this information from Peel Public Health about the use of non-medical masks.
Instructions from Health Canada on how to make your own masks (sewing, and non-sewing options).