We are committed to our client’s safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

During these unprecedented times, Vashon Island Midwifery is participating in keeping our Vashon community safe. We are following the CDC’s guidelines in order to minimize the spread of coronavirus, and are continually adapting to the evolving research about COVID-19 and pregnancy. 

 

Here are our current practice protocols relating to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Consult visits and select other visits will be virtual

  • Initial visits will be scheduled no earlier than 10 weeks gestation (unless clinically indicated)

  • All clients and staff will wash hands at the start of every encounter (in clinic and at home)

  • Pre-screening all clients and staff for coronavirus symptoms and elevated temperature. 

  • Requesting that all clients inform us if they have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result. Anyone who has come into contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to not come into clinic until their COVID status has been determined.

  • By WA state law, face coverings are required in all public spaces, including our clinic office. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you. 

  • We ask that client’s limit the number of people they bring to clinic visits, attending alone if they are able. 

  • Typically, we love inviting children into our clinic space for visit participation, however during this pandemic, we are unable to keep our toys in office, due to COVID disinfection protocols. This makes our space less child-friendly than usual, however we do not want childcare issues to be a barrier to accessing your healthcare and are happy to discuss this individually.

  • Scheduling gaps in between client visits to allow time for disinfecting surfaces, medical equipment, and to limit overlap between clients. 

  • We encourage everyone, including staff, to practice physical distancing and mask-wearing during everyday life. 

  • Encourage clients to adopt preventative immune health measures including, eating well, limiting stress, and taking supportive herbs and supplements as a way of taking care of themselves. 

  • Limiting the number of birth support people to who is necessary. 

  • Asking all birth support people and the birth team to wear masks at the birth. The birthing person is not required to wear a mask. 


 

CDC Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 

 

WA state Coronavirus Response: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ 

 

Evidence Based Birth link (latest research, updates, public health recommendations, and resources): https://evidencebasedbirth.com/covid19/