3/24/20 COVID-19 Updates for the Baby+Company Family

Your safety is our top priority. Our team is responding daily to information and evaluating our response to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect you and your family.

This web page will be your source for the most updated information about our efforts at the birth center. We are open 24/7 and will continue to provide care at Baby+Co. Beginning 3/18/20, per the recommendation of VUMC leadership wishing to prevent the possibility of viral exposure further, our midwives will not be providing in-hospital care for Baby+Co clients. Instead, all hospital care for our clients will be with the Vanderbilt Midwives, a group that we have always worked closely with and will compassionately provide a midwifery model that puts women and their families first.

Prenatal Care

If you have an upcoming visit, it will be TeleHealth unless you are called and told otherwise beforehand. TeleHealth means that you DO NOT need to come to the birth center. Your provider will contact you over the phone or computer to have a video chat visit. Check your Maternity Neighborhood messages for details the day before your scheduled appointment. We will call you within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment time if your visit is going to be in person and may need to adjust your visit time slightly. Thank you for your understanding.

Additional precautions for in-person visits or lab draws/collections:
We have CLOSED our waiting room. If you are coming to the center for an in-person visit or lab draw/collection, please:

  1. Park in the parking garage. There are signs in each parking spot to indicate LAB DRAW, LEAVE A SAMPLE, SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT, IN LABOR. Please use these parking spots accordingly so that we can best serve you.
  2. Text (646) 581-2902 to let us know that you’re here and wait in your car for a member of our team to come greet you. Please DO NOT CALL. We are working with limited staff on site.
  3. We will ask you some screening questions and take your temperature before entering the center. We may ask you to wear a surgical mask.
  4. All in-person visits will be done in exam rooms to prevent any possible contamination in our birth rooms.

Tools you will need for Telehealth:

  • Buy or borrow an automatic blood pressure cuff. Click here to visit a company that will work with your FSA/HSA plan. Click here for more information on how to take your blood pressure. 
  • Purchase/rent a fetal heart rate doppler OR use this app to download one on your phone. Click here for more information on using the app.

Additional precautions for in-person visits:

We are asking all clients to limit the number of extra people coming into the building for prenatal visits.
Coming by yourself is ideal, but if that is not possible, please limit to one support person and do not bring children. If you must bring your children, consider having another caregiver sit with them in the car. Special exceptions can be made with staff permissions.


We are moving all of our ultrasounds to the Center for Women’s Imaging located a few blocks from the center, or to a local radiology group near you if you prefer. This move is to ensure there is less potential viral exposure to the birth center and is temporary. We will restart our ultrasound program when its safe to do so.

Birth Care

If you have signs of illness before, during, or after labor, please let your midwife know. If you have been recently tested for COVID-19, please let us know, even if the results are pending. If you have had contact with someone confirmed positive for COVID-19, please let us know. We will screen all clients prior to entering the building, and we will not support care for any mother who has symptoms of illness at the birth center. Our goal is to keep the center free of viral exposure.


Our clients in labor will be limited to one support person and one doula at the birth center. If you do not have a doula, your limit will be one support person. We ask you do not bring siblings in for a visit, but have them meet the baby at home. No visitors with signs of illness will be allowed in the building.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s visitor policy differs from that of the birth center. It allows for one support person in the room during birth and also during the postpartum period. Click here for the updated VUMC hospital and clinic visitor policy.

During labor

If you are planning a hospital birth at Vanderbilt or if you need to transfer to the hospital in labor, you will be cared for by the Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives. This decision was made by clinical leadership at Vanderbilt to minimize risk for all clients in labor. Your birth plans will be honored and you will be well-cared for by this compassionate team of midwives.

There is a new recommendation to not using nitrous in labor due to the risk of possibly spreading the virus in the air. We will resume using nitrous once we can ensure 100% safety for our families.


Postpartum visits after delivery will be done in the center to reduce the chance of viral exposure. This is temporary, and we will return to doing home-based postpartum visits when it is safe to do so.

Classes and Support Groups

Classes have been moved online. Free online support groups for newly postpartum moms as well as newly pregnant women will begin next week! We’ll expand our offerings soon. Registration for both classes and support groups is on our Eventbrite page.


Tours will be moving to an online Q&A forum with a virtual tour. More information and sign-ups will begin next week.

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