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Supporting Maternity Patients During COVID-19: Doulas Allowed During Labor

Updated: 5/9/2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently accepted recommendations from the New York State COVID-19 Maternity Task Force that doulas are an essential part of the support care team and should be allowed to accompany a pregnant individual during labor and delivery as an additional support person, as medically appropriate. 

Effective immediately, Kaleida Health will allow doulas back into Oishei Children’s Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital as an additional support person for laboring moms. Doulas will be expected to follow all temperature screening and personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols to protect our healthcare workers and patients. 

“Allowing doulas will be a great support to our laboring moms – especially those from the Buffalo immigrant and refugee communities,” said Cassie Church, MSN, NEA-BC, RNC-NIC, chief nursing officer at Oishei Children’s Hospital.