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Burdett Birth Center Strengthened Visitation Guidelines

As local health care agencies respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our communities, Burdett Birth Center is strengthening visitation guidelines effective immediately (updated July 20, 2020).

At present, a limited visitor policy is being enforced. As part of these new guidelines, all patients and visitors to all hospitals will be briefly interviewed at the Samaritan Hospital entrance, including a touch-free temperature check. Individuals who have traveled to high-risk states within the last 14 days will not be allowed to visit. Visitors may only use the main entrance to access Burdett Birth Center. 

Obstetric patients are allowed one support person and a doula. They must be:

  1. 18 or older
  2. Either an immediate family member, power of attorney, guardian, or patient representative
  3. Healthy with no symptoms, including respiratory or fever

Doulas are considered part of the care team and will be allowed in addition to a support person. They must provide credentials.


Visitors will not be permitted to enter if they say they have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms, have had close contact with an individual suspected of having or has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, have traveled to areas with outbreaks in the past 14 days. If non-patient visitors answer “yes” to any of those questions, they will not be permitted to enter. Patients with respiratory symptoms will be masked.

No guest will be allowed entry to visit a patient who has a pending or positive COVID-19 test. All permitted visitors will be greeted upon entry to all facilities and may be turned away based on the concerns of securing patient and staff safety. While some exceptions will be allowed, no visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted entry to the facility.

Individuals with cold/flu respiratory symptoms should self-quarantine at home and NOT visit patients, or travel in public, until they are completely recovered. Respiratory viruses can cause more serious illness in hospitalized patients, so visitors (including vendors for SPHP) will be asked to return home until they are completely recovered. Individuals should only be coming to the hospital with respiratory symptoms if they are in need of urgent medical care.

We understand this is a constantly evolving situation and a source of great anxiety for many of our patients, colleagues, and community members. That is why we are working side-by-side with our regional hospitals and health systems to ensure that all colleagues and resources are in place, ready to protect our community. As part of our ongoing efforts, we are continuing to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and other local health departments to actively monitor and respond to this extremely fluid situation.

(updated July 20, 2020)

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  1. My niece god daughter is do any day I work for st letters and I am screened every day I need to be with her during her delivery as well S her mom and boy friend is this going to be a problem

    1. Hi,
      We are permitting one support person only at this time to obstetrics patients. ONE UNIQUE VISITOR must be identified. This one visitor will be the ONLY VISITOR allowed visitation privileges for the duration of the patient’s stay. In the event that ONE UNIQUE VISITOR becomes ill and cannot enter the facility, another individual may be identified and serve as the ONE UNIQUE VISITOR. If you have additional questions, please give us a call – 518-271-3393

    1. Hi,
      Yes, you are permitted one support person which can be the father of the child. Please note: ONE UNIQUE VISITOR must be identified. This one visitor will be the ONLY VISITOR allowed visitation privileges for the duration of the patient’s stay. In the event that ONE UNIQUE VISITOR becomes ill and cannot enter the facility, another individual may be identified and serve as the ONE UNIQUE VISITOR.
      Please note: At this time, a doula is considered a visitor and not part of the care team. UPDATED Regulation (6/11/2020) A doula is considered part of the care team, NOT as a visitor or as a patient’s one allowed support person.

  2. I just want to clarify that my fiancé (who is healthy and NOT showing any symptoms) can be my support person at the time of delivery..

    1. Hello,
      Our main priority is keeping our patients and staff safe and healthy during this time. Please give us a call (518-271-3393) when your daughter is closer to her due date for updated visitation policies or check back on our website or Facebook pages for updates.

  3. In the case of a birth would it be allowed for one support person to be in the room for the delivery at the time of delivery, then switch with another person if the original support person has other obligations outside the hospital that they need to attend to?

    1. Hi,
      Our priority is keeping our patients and staff safe and healthy during this time. Please give us a call when you are getting close to the due date for updated visitation policies – 518-271-3393.

        1. Hi Jenna,
          Once your support person has been screened/approved to enter the building with you, he/she will NOT be allowed to leave and come back into the building while you are at the facility. We are also encouraging all patients to call their provider before they head to the facility. Thanks for reaching out to us and stay well!

  4. Why hasn’t this been updated since governor Cuomo executive order that stated doulas are an essential part of the birth team and should be allowed IN ADDITION to the labor support person / birth partner? I spoke to a nurse a few weeks ago at the facility and she assured me both my husband and Doula would be allowed if they were asymptomatic and the doula could provide credentials. I’m so terrorized by this still being on the page I cannot sleep. All I can do is stay up all night and pray it isn’t true.

    1. Jennifer, Our deepest apologies for the delay in updating this page and any unnecessary stress it caused. This page was updated on June 11 to include that doulas are allowed in addition to a support person.

  5. If you have to stay in the hospital for a number of days due to c-section can u change ur support person or are u allowed other visitors at normal visiting hours

    1. Meg, you are allowed to designate one support person and are unable to change who that is during your entire stay.

  6. Are there any more recent updates? I’m wondering if it will be allowed to switch out the support person, or have 2 of them? I’m due in December and trying to plan ahead.

    1. Marina – There have been no changes. You’ll be allowed to designate one support person who must remain with you during your stay, in addition to a doula. Feel free to check back for updates or reach out with any questions closer to your due date!

  7. I am scheduled to have a c section scheduled Will my husband be able to order food and have it delivered or go down to get it.

    1. Asjia – Currently, due to the restrictions, your husband will be provided all meals during the course of your stay. Feel free to give us a call at 518-271-3393 closer to your delivery day for the most up-to-date information.

  8. Are there any visitor updates? I am hoping to be able to have 2 support people. Also, I am packing for my delivery, are we allowed to bring pre-packaged snacks for my support person? Thank you in advance for everything!

    1. Hi Sarah! At the moment there are no updates. You are allowed one support person (spouse, significant other, or whoever you choose), and a certified doula if you have one. Please feel free to call close to your due date to confirm. You can bring snacks, and your given the current restrictions your support person will also be provided meals during your stay. We do have this suggested packing list as well!

    1. Hi Sarah! At the moment there are no updates. You are allowed one support person (spouse, significant other, or whoever you choose), and a certified doula if you have one.

    1. Hi Jenna – there have been no changes. You are allowed one support person (spouse, significant other, etc) and a certified doula if you choose. Your support person will need to remain with you during the course of your stay.

        1. Jenna –

          You can bring snacks, and given the current restrictions, your support person will be provided meals during your stay.

    1. Rose, you are correct that your husband would be your support person. Due to the pandemic, no other visitors, including your other child will be allowed. If you have any additional questions, please reach out.