Common Questions During Pregnancy and Birth
  • Visiting Your Provider for Appointments

    If your provider's office is located inside a Texas Health Hospital, the following guidelines may apply. If your provider's office is located in a medical office building on a Texas Health campus or another location, please contact your provider for specific guidelines and precautions.

    1. Will I be tested for COVID-19 when I arrive at the hospital?
      You will not be tested if you are attending a prenatal appointment with your provider. For your safety, we have placed screening stations at the public entrances, and all patients are screened for symptoms consistent with the virus when entering the building.

    2. Do I have to wear a mask?
      Universal masking is one of the most effective ways to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, so we’re asking everyone in the hospital to wear a mask. We will provide you with a mask when you arrive. Follow this link for tips on how to best protect yourself when wearing a mask.

    3. Can my support person attend my OB or ultrasound appointments?
      We recognize that having your loved ones with you during your appointment provides crucial support. However, part of keeping everyone safe includes limiting the number of people in our hospitals. To assist in this effort, no visitors are allowed at this time. We encourage you to contact your provider’s office to find out what virtual options, including video calls, may be allowed during your appointment.

  • Arriving At the Hospital for Your Birth
    1. Will I be tested for COVID-19 when I arrive at the hospital?
      Any person having surgery or a procedure, including birth, at a Texas Health Hospital will be tested for COVID-19 to provide appropriate care for the patient, and for the protection of visitors and the care team.

    2. If I am in labor when I arrive at the hospital, will l be tested before being admitted?
      When you arrive, care team members will evaluate you to determine a safe and appropriate care plan. If you are in active labor, you will be admitted to the hospital as you normally would and then the test will be administered in your labor and delivery room or triage area.

    3. Do I have to wear a mask?
      Universal masking is one of the most effective ways to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, so we’re asking everyone in the hospital to wear a mask. We will provide you and your support person with masks when you arrive. Follow this link for tips on how to best protect yourself when wearing a mask.

    4. Will my support person be tested for COVID-19?
      Your support person will not be tested for COVID-19, but they will be screened each time they enter the hospital and asked to wear a mask.

  • Testing
    1. Can I get tested in advance of arriving for labor and delivery at the hospital?
      Regardless of prior tests, you will need to be tested at admission to help safeguard you and the care team. You could potentially receive a negative test result and then receive a positive result several days later when the virus has a stronger presence in your system.

    2. May I decline testing?
      Testing is recommend to promote the health of you and your baby. Patients who have COVID-19 can have a weakened immune system and may have inflammatory symptoms that can compromise healing. We encourage you to speak with your provider about the best decision for you.

    3. How much does a test cost?
      Insurance coverage varies by plan. Please check with your insurance provider as to what is covered. Follow this link for more information on hospital related costs.

  • During Your Birth
    1. Will I have to wear a mask during labor and delivery?
      Wearing a mask is preferred, and we will work with you to support your needs for comfort.

    2. Are doulas allowed?
      To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are not allowing doulas at this time. We are continuing to evaluate the situation and will provide updated guidance as it becomes available.

    3. Will I be separated from my baby if I test positive for COVID-19?
      Texas Health will follow guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of OB/GYN and the Centers for Disease Control for how to keep you and your baby safe during your hospital stay. Ultimately, any decisions about care for you and your baby will be between you and your provider, based on what is best for you both.

    4. Will I still be discharged with my baby if I am positive?
      You will be discharged following the hospital’s standard protocols. If you are positive for COVID-19, your provider will advise you on appropriate precautions and guidelines to follow after discharge.

  • During Your Hospital Stay
    1. Can my support person leave the hospital and come back?
      Your support person may leave the hospital and come back. While away from the hospital, we do encourage the support person to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. Please be aware that your support person will be screened when reentering the hospital and if they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter.

    2. How often are care team members being tested?
      Texas Health care team members are required to self-monitor twice daily. This includes checking temperature and symptoms while at work and at home. Care team members who are symptomatic are not allowed to enter the hospital.

  • Additional Questions
    1. When will additional visitors be allowed again?
      To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are not allowing additional visitors at this time. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will make adjustments to the policy as updated guidance becomes available.

    2. Will parents be asked to quarantine for two weeks after discharge?
      We recommend following current public health guidelines on social distancing after discharge. If a mother tests positive during her hospital stay, she will be advised by her provider on appropriate precautions and guidelines to follow after discharge.

    3. When will in-person childbirth and prenatal classes resume?
      There is no definitive date on when in-person classes will resume at this time. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow guidance of state and local officials including size gatherings and phased re-opening guidelines.

      Texas Health does offer several online childbirth classes. Follow this link to view or register for classes.

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