August 14, 2021
As the number of Delta variant cases increases in our communities, the situation with COVID-19 continues to fluctuate. Visitors and birth attendants at most hospitals are currently required to either be vaccinated or to have tested negative for COVID within the last three days.
In addition to California health guidelines and hospital regulations, we continue to monitor current procedures and are glad to discuss them with you. Our goal is to assist you in being prepared and supported throughout your birth experience.
March 16, 2020
Open Letter to the Medical Community
As our community navigates this evolving pandemic we want to thank you for your ongoing collaboration with local doulas. We believe we share a common goal: to keep the birthing families safe and supported always, especially during times of uncertainty. As doulas, we acknowledge our integral role on our client’s health care team, which includes accompanying our birthing families into hospitals and delivery areas.
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recognizes that doula services contribute to the woman’s preparation for and support during childbirth and opposes hospital policies that restrict the presence of a doula during a woman’s active labor. Doulas are not visitors.
We understand the importance of minimizing the risk of community exposure to COVID-19 and are diligently maintaining and monitoring our wellness as our clients’ welfare is our top priority. With the future possibility of challenging staffing ratios we feel the presence of an extra pair of experienced hands is beneficial not only for our clients but fellow professionals as well. Please let us know how we can help support your staff to continue to provide quality care for all of our birthing families. We are in this together.
The Capital City Birth Collective