COVID-19 Information for all obstetrical patients

  • Patients should not come to the hospital unless requiring emergency attention.
  • Pregnant patients with no obstetrical issues or complaints should go directly to the Emergency Department and not come to the Family Birthing Centre triage.

Before you present yourself to the FBC triage for any obstetrical issues or for labor & delivery, you must call the FBC triage (514-340-8222 ext. 26042). If you have travelled within the last 4 weeks, and/or have any COVID-19 symptoms*, and/or have been in contact with someone who has travelled within the last 4 weeks and has symptoms, you must call the FBC triage (514-340-8222 ext. 26042).

Before you present yourself to your clinic appointment, you must call your clinic. If you travelled within the last 4 weeks and/or have any COVID-19 symptoms*, and/or have been in contact with someone who has travelled within the last 4 weeks and has symptoms, you must call your clinic.

Visiting policy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Appointments in all obstetric clinics

Visitors are not allowed to accompany the patient for their appointments (partners, children, or other support persons are not permitted). 

Accompaniment during childbirth

The Jewish General Hospital has re-evaluated its policy on accompaniment during childbirth based on the incidence of viral infections in the community. We have developed a plan for the re-introduction of an accompanying person for women giving birth at the JGH.

Patients will be allowed one person to accompany them during labour and the postpartum period. The accompanying person will be asked a screening questionnaire for COVID-19. Should they have any symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, they will not be permitted to enter the Jewish General Hospital.

  • An accompanying person is not permitted if the patient herself is positive or symptomatic for COVID-19. 
  • The accompanying person is not permitted in the triage area when patients are there for a short stay. The person will be asked to wait in the waiting area.  
  • When patients are on the Antepartum Unit, the accompanying person is not permitted, but will be notified to join them when delivery is anticipated. 
  • Partners are permitted during the cervical ripening phase for labour induction. 
  • The accompanying person will be allowed in the operating theatres except for emergency C-sections. 

 The Jewish General Hospital will ask all accompanying persons to leave the hospital immediately if:

  • they develop any COVID-19 symptoms during the hospital stay;
  • are found to be coughing or displaying any other symptoms of COVID-19.

If the accompanying person has previously tested positive for COVID-19, they will need two negative test results to be permitted to attend the birth if it is within 28 days of the infection.  

In line with CIUSSS West-Central Montreal’s policy, the accompanying person must always wear a mask while they are in the hospital. If this person does not wear a mask, they will be asked to leave the hospital.

The accompanying person must stay in the mother’s room at all times. They will not be permitted to leave the room. If they leave, they will not be permitted back in the room. They will be given food trays by the hospital. They can also bring all necessary supplies to the JGH, including any other foods and snacks that they wish.

Accompanying people who are not admissible in the operating theatre will be able to wait in a holding area to have the opportunity to see the baby and mother before both are transferred to the Postpartum Unit.

The reintroduction of accompanying persons in the Jewish General Hospital only applies to childbirth and postpartum. Tablets will be available for patients to communicate with their spouse or loved ones should they not be able to be accompanied.

Who to contact

  • If you have a health concern that must be addressed but that is not urgent:
  • Call your doctor 
  • Call 8-1-1
  • If you have travelled within the last 4 weeks and have any COVID-19 symptoms, and/or have been in contact with someone who has travelled within the last 4 weeks and has symptoms, contact 1-877-644-4545.
  • Further medical information about every stage of your pregnancy is available as video  animations in French and English and translated as subtitles in 20 languages at the following website:  GYNjgh.com

(*) COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever, dry cough, fatigue, expectorations (sputum), respiratory difficulties, muscle or joint pain, sore throat, headache, chills, nausea, nasal congestion, diarrhea

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