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COVID-19 FAQs and Message for Expectant Parents

June 14, 2021

The physicians and team members at Atlantic Health System Maternity Centers are committed to helping expectant parents safely and comfortably welcome their newborns as we face the challenges of COVID-19 in our communities.

Dear Parents-to-be,

We would like to keep you informed on the latest updates regarding our maternity centers.

We understand how the rapidly changing health advisories surrounding COVID-19 and pregnancy in the last year has been difficult to navigate, but rest-assure that our hospitals and clinical teams are here for you when it is time to deliver your baby.

As in any situation, your first step is to call your obstetrician for guidance on non-emergency situations, including if you are feeling ill. In the case of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

Diana Contreras, MD
Medical Director, Women’s Health, Atlantic Health System
Chair of Obstetrics, Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers

Frequently Asked Questions

Safety & Comfort Measures During Your Hospital Stay

Q. Are there any visitor restrictions?

A. We continue to update our visitor policy to create the safest environment possible for our patients and team members. All restrictions are subject to change based upon guidance from our care teams, the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Hospital Association. View the latest visitor information >

Q. How are you keeping patients with COVID-19 or the flu separate from healthy moms in the maternity center?

A. We are very experienced in the proper procedures and have state-of-the-art technologies in specialized rooms to isolate patients who are determined to be contagious. We are taking every measure to ensure the safety of our moms and newborns.

Q. Can I still have my doula come to the hospital for my childbirth? 

A. Certified doulas may attend childbirth with the laboring mother and her support person. All visitors must pass a health screening before entering the hospital.

Q. Will there be baby photography provided for my newborn? 

A. We are currently working with our newborn photography partner, Bella Baby on a return date. Thank you for your patience. In the meantime, please contact them to schedule photography outside of the hospital. Learn more >

Q. Are there snack refrigerators and nourishment stations?  

A. We are no longer serving unpackaged foods in a community area. Packaged snacks will be provided upon request. Please don’t be shy to ask for them!

Q. Are you doing anything different to clean the rooms in the maternity center?

A. All hospitals undergo extensive and thorough cleaning that is far beyond regular household cleaning. We have specialized disinfectants and antimicrobial agents for the hospital setting, as well as cleaning robots and other technologies. Out of abundance of caution we are performing more frequent cleaning of all surfaces in the maternity centers.

Q. Are parent education classes and breastfeeding support groups available?

A. To protect the health and safety of our patients, communities, and health care professionals, Atlantic Health System has revised many community classes, support groups, and meetings. Some events are being held virtually or in-person with enhanced safety measures in place. Please contact the maternity center you are interested in to learn more or see our listings >

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