Doula Care during Covid-19

Doulas welcome at TOH, Montfort, & QCH, birth centre, and home births.

I'm very pleased to say that The Ottawa Hospital, l'Hopital Montfort, and the Queensway Carleton Hospital are all accepting two support people to accompany patients in their birth units! 

Doulas are welcome as support people in all three hospitals, as well as the birth centre & home births. 

(as of: August 12, 2021)

The Ottawa Hospital Civic campus & General campus 

As of Monday June 21st, The Ottawa Hospital has changed it's visitor poloicy with regard to the Birth Unit. Changes include:

1. a primary support person may accompany a birthing person to triage, prior to admission to the birth unit. 

2. once admitted, a secondary support person is welcome to join the family in the birth unit.

3. In the case of a cesarean birth, only the primary support person may accompany the birthing person in the operating room. 

The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre welcomes doulas to & other support people to accompany birthing people in their facility. All support people must wear face coverings and maintain proper hand hygiene. 

The Montfort Hospital

As of August 3, 2021, a second support person (e.g., family member, friend, doula) may be authorized for labor and birth, provided that sanitary measures are respected (wearing a mask, hand hygiene, social distancing).

The Queensway Carleton Hospital

The QCH birthing unit welcomes two support people for birthing people under the following guidelines:

  • Birthing people can have one support person accompany them in triage.  The second support person can join them when they are admitted. 

  • Only one support person can go with the birthing person to the postpartum unit. 

The Gatineau & Hull Hospitals

maintain the policy that one support person may accompany the birthing person during labour and delivery. This person can be a partner, doula, friend, family member, or other relation.

La Maison de Naissance de l'Outaouais welcomes doulas to accompany labouring people at their facility. All support people must wear face coverings & maintain proper hand hygeine. 

COVID-19 has impacted the way we do everything, including how I provide care to my clients. 

There are many ways that I can continue to support clients while following public health recommendations, as well as hospital & birth center policies.

Below are some measures I have put in place to help stop the spread of the virus.

Routine practices to prevent spread of the virus: 

1. I remain up to date on public heath, hospital and birth centre policies & follow recommendations

2. I have received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

3. I have completed all modules in Pubic Health Ontario's Core Competencies courses, as mandated by the Ottawa Valley Doulas Association (OVDA, my local professional association).

4. I wear a mask when I am indoors, including at the hospital, birth centre and in my clients' homes.

5. I practice good personal hygiene, including regularly washing my hands & using alcohol based hand rub to sanitize.

6. I regularly disinfect my personal items & tools used with clients 

Curious whether I am able to support you virtually, or in person?

Call or write me an email!