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Doula Care during Covid-19

Strategies to protect my family, and yours.

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

3. I carry my professional identification badge, issued by OVDA, which indicates to healthcare providers that I abide by recognized standards of practice for doulas. 

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 

7. I practice physical distancing with people outside of my household

Current local hospital & birth centre policies & regulations no doulas (October 20, 2020) 

The Ottawa Hospital Civic campus & General campus As of Tuesday October 20, 2020 The Ottawa Hospital has reinstated restrictions on doulas entering the hospital to accompany birthing people. One person may accompany a birthing person into the labour & delivery unit. This person may be a partner, friend, family member, or doula.

These restrictions were reinstated as a result of rising case numbers in Ottawa. TOH has committed to revisiting them as soon as possible. 


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 hygeine. 

The Montfort Hospital maintains 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. 

The Queensway Carleton Hospital maintains 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. 

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. 

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

Call or write me an email!