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Women & Babies Program - COVID-19 information

Here you can find information about COVID-19 that is specific to Women & Babies patients. For all general information about COVID-19 from Sunnybrook, please visit sunnybrook.ca/coronavirus

Important note regarding visitors 

  • Visitors are not permitted at this time
  • Women in the Birthing Unit may have one support person
  • In our NICU, one parent may be with their baby at all times, including overnight, provided the parent is asymptomatic

Information for women in labour

Partners are permitted to support labouring women in the Birthing Unit. Please note, partners must be actively screened before entering the hospital. During this time, there are no "in and out" privileges for partners – partners stay until the baby is born, or they will not be allowed back into the hospital.

Once your baby is born, your partner must leave the hospital two hours after birth. We encourage you to keep in touch with your partner, and family and friends, with your own personal device or by using the bedside phone (fees for phones have been waived).

When it’s time for you to leave the hospital, we will arrange for a porter to assist you with your belongings and other items like your baby’s car seat. If there is a need to pick up items such as clothing or a car seat from the main entrance, we will ensure a member of staff can do this.

» View more information about pregnancy and labour during COVID-19 


This is a rapidly evolving situation, and updates to this information might occur daily. Please check back often.

- Last updated March 24, 2020


Information about appointments, visitors and support partners

Is my prenatal check-up cancelled?

The DAN Women & Babies Program is open for appointments, including prenatal visits and ultrasound appointments. As we work to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, we are trying to limit the number of people at the hospital. It is possible your obstetrician’s office might call you to reschedule your appointment or set up a phone or virtual appointment. At this time, there are no visitors permitted. Labouring women may have one support person in the Birthing Unit.

What are you doing to protect pregnant women?

We are taking all precautions, including limiting the number of people on site. Our Infection Prevention & Control team is diligent in ensuring the best practices are maintained to protect our patients and staff. This includes cleaning surfaces often, limiting visitors and using the proper personal protective equipment when needed. We are also encouraging our physicians to consider virtual appointments so that you can access care from home, if possible. When that is not possible, we ensure all protocols are followed to protect you while you are on site.

How do I get in for my appointment?

We will be screening all patients for symptoms at the M1 and M-Ground entrances. 

All other nearby entrance doors will be closed to patients.

Our door screeners will provide patients with additional instructions for precautions in order to proceed with urgent appointments.

My baby is in the NICU. My partner and I both visit our baby. Is this still permitted?

One parent may be with their baby at all times, including overnight, provided the parent is asymptomatic. No other family members, friends or siblings may visit. As always, please do not visit your baby if you are unwell.

Can I visit the Birthing Unit or Maternal Newborn Unit?

Women in the birthing unit may have one support person. All other visitors are not permitted in either unit at this time. Please read the information at the top of this page for women in labour.

We have an appointment at the neonatal follow up clinic and are really keen to see the team. Is it cancelled?

The clinic will contact you if your appointment is cancelled. While Sunnybrook is safe and remains open to our patients, we are taking some precautionary steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to help limit the number of people in the hospital during this time. This includes the cancellation of any non-urgent visits to the hospital. Your follow-up appointment might be postponed, or clinic staff may reach out to you to set up a telephone or virtual appointment, if possible.

I am supposed to visit the breastfeeding clinic? What do I do?

While Sunnybrook is safe and remains open to our patients, we are taking some precautionary steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to help limit the number of people in the hospital during this time. For this reason, all outpatient breastfeeding clinic appointments will be conducted by phone or through a virtual visit.

What support people can I have when I’m in the birthing unit?

At this time, we are limiting support people in triage and the birthing unit to one person (partner or family member).

During this time, there are no "in and out" privileges for partners – partners stay until the baby is born, or they will not be allowed back into the hospital.

Once your baby is born, your partner must leave the hospital two hours after birth. We encourage you to keep in touch with your partner, and family and friends, with your own personal device or by using the bedside phone (fees for phones have been waived).

When it’s time for you to leave the hospital, we will arrange for a porter to assist you with your belongings and other items like your baby’s car seat. If there is a need to pick up items such as clothing or a car seat from the main entrance, we will ensure a member of staff can do this.

» View more information about pregnancy and labour during COVID-19

Why can't my partner stay with me after I've given birth?

With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in our community, Sunnybrook recently made changes to the hospital's visiting policy, including new protocol stating that birthing partners must leave the hospital two hours after a baby is born.

The new approach will lower the risk within the hospital, for both patients and health-care workers. Screening has its limitations, so we made the difficult decision to send partners home shortly after delivery. This lessens the overall risk of transmission, especially in cases where there are two birthing partners in a double patient room.

We understand the increased stress this places on families, and are doing our best to meet the needs of mothers and babies as they will require extra physical and emotional support. This decision was not taken lightly, but given the evolving nature of the pandemic, we are committed to the health and well-being of all patients and staff.

I can’t get through on the phone. What do I do?

We are experiencing a high volume of phone calls. We understand that this is frustrating at this uncertain time. Thank you for your patience as our staff work to answer questions and re-book appointments.

My friend is an inpatient in the high risk obstetrics unit. Can I still visit?

Visitors are not permitted in the high risk obstetrics unit at this time.

I don’t feel well. Is it COVID-19? What do I do?

If you have difficulty breathing or other severe symptoms and need immediate medical help, please call 9-1-1.

If you feel slightly unwell, please call your physician’s office for further instructions.

Information for those who are expecting, or have a new baby

If you’re pregnant, you likely have questions about how COVID-19 will impact your pregnancy and unborn baby. You may also be wondering what life will be like after you have your baby. Sunnybrook experts address some of these questions in a FAQ.

» Learn more


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