COVID-19 Information for all obstetrical patients

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

Before you come to the FBC triage for any obstetrical problems or for labour and delivery, you must call the FBC triage (514-340-8222, ext. 26042).

Before you come to the clinic for your appointment, 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 to their appointments (partners, children, and other support persons are not permitted). 

** The only exception to this rule is the 20-week ultrasound appointment. Please note that you may see other patients with their partner/support person in the clinic for this purpose only.

Accompaniment during childbirth and post-partum

Patients will be allowed to be accompanied by one person during labour and the postpartum period. The accompanying person will be asked questions regarding their health status and must declare any COVID-19-related symptoms.

  • 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 admitted to ante-partum long term, visitors are permitted if they conform with the rules of the JGH Caregiver Policy
  • The accompanying person will be allowed into the operating room, unless the patient is under general anesthesia.

Any support person with symptoms*or a known diagnosis of COVID-19 will be asked to leave. Under certain circumstances andat the discretion of the medical team, the partner may be permitted to stay.

If the patient is COVID-19-positive or has symptoms, the accompanying person must be from the same household.

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.

For patients who remain on precautions for COVID-19 (anyone who is positive, has symptoms, or does not have a recent negative test result), the partner/support person will be confined to the patient’s room. Once a negative COVID-19 result is received, the partner can leave the room.  However they are encouraged to stay in room as much as possible. A food tray will be provided while the partner/support person is confined to the room. They should bring all of their necessary supplies to the JGH, including any food and snacks they wish.

Contact information

If you have a health-related concern that must be addressed, but is not urgent:

  • Call your doctor.
  • Call Info-Santé 811, at 8-1-1.
  • If you suspect you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please call 1-877-644-4545.
  • Additional medical information about every stage of your pregnancy is available in animated form in French and English, with subtitles translated into 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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