Madison Hospitals Safe for Mother-Baby Care
Madison, Wisconsin - UnityPoint Health–Meriter, UW Health and SSM Health, recognize that there may be heightened anxiety around the delivery of a newborn, but our hospitals and medical teams are taking precautions to ensure a safe and welcoming experience for growing families.
“Welcoming a newborn into your family is a wonderful experience,” says Dr. Jennifer Krupp, Maternal Fetal Medicine with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison. “We know that in these times you may have a lot of questions and we understand that giving birth might look a little different than you imagined, but I assure you that during this pandemic, we are taking all the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe while continuing to offer you a special birthing experience.”
The following safety measures are in place at Meriter and SSM Health St. Mary’s, the two delivering hospitals in Madison:
- Visitor restrictions that allow only one support person per room.
- All visitors are screened, including a temperature check, before entrance.
- Adherence of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance around cleaning, disinfection and proper use of personal protective equipment.
Heightened precautions, like visitor restrictions, are also in place in the neonatal intensive care units at Meriter, SSM Health St. Mary’s and American Family Children’s Hospital.
“These are extraordinary times, but we want to reassure all expectant families that our hospitals remain the safest places for delivering moms and infants,” said Dr. J. Igor Iruretagoyena, Medical Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for UW Health and Meriter.
“Importantly, hospitals are the only place that can provide immediate access to medical care and specialists, like neonatology and anesthesia, should complications arise during delivery.”
Expectant mothers should reach out to their doctor or midwife to discuss any concerns in advance of delivery.
Date Published: 04/16/2020