Updated Visitation Guidelines for LVHN Family Birth and Newborn Centers
Updated April 26, 2020
To keep our patients and staff safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network continues to update visitation guidelines for our Family Birth and Newborn Centers.
We recognize that these temporary visitation restrictions may be upsetting to some of our patients, and we have committed to revising our policies based on guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other professional societies.
Effective April 24, we have made the following updates to our visitation guidelines for Family Birth and Newborn Centers:
- If you reside in or have recently traveled to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, you may visit Family Health and Newborn Centers as long as you meet the same screening criteria required of all visitors.
- If you have been quarantined at home due to confirmed or presumed COVID-19, you will not be permitted to visit Family Birth and Newborn Centers until you meet the criteria to discontinue home quarantine. According to CDC, you can stop quarantining at home at least seven days from the start of your symptoms AND after at least 72 hours without fever, coughing or shortness of breath.
- In addition to our previously established screening criteria, if you are under a 14-day home quarantine for international travel or interstate travel from New York or New Jersey, you will not be permitted to visit Family Birth and Newborn Centers.
Remember, temporary visitation restrictions remain in effect to protect patients and staff. No visitors are permitted in these areas of Family Birth and Newborn Centers at this time:
- Triage areas
- Perinatal/Antepartum units
- Operating rooms
We do understand and value the importance and benefit of a support person, so we continue to welcome one visitor or support person to be with you on our labor and delivery and mother-baby units as long as they meet the screening criteria outlined in LVHN’s Family Birth and Newborn Center visitation guidelines.
Visit LVHN.org/motherhoodpartners for answers to your most frequently asked questions as well as educational resources like parent education videos, virtual hospital tours and COVID updates specifically for expectant parents.