We're prepared and ready for our expecting moms

This page was updated per CDPH recommendations from 8/7/2020.

It’s completely normal to feel anxious about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that you are not alone — we're here to support you.

We're prepared and ready for our expecting moms, and we have protocols in place to ensure women have safe deliveries during this pandemic.

This includes some new visitor policies — that are designed to help keep you safe, and still allow key in-person support to go with expertise from our care team.

Frequently asked questions:

In accordance with state guidelines, at this time during the pandemic our labor and delivery patients can have one designated person with them and one preapproved doula during the labor and delivery process. Please contact the University Birthing Suites at  916-703-3030 to begin the preapproval process for doula attendance at births.

As always, these support people – like all other visitors throughout our hospital – are only allowed if they DO NOT have symptoms of illness, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. We can't allow children under 16 at this time.

They will also need to closely follow any instructions from our staff about topics such as wearing personal protective equipment, staying in the room versus public spaces, social distancing, etc.

Our care philosophy at UC Davis Health has always emphasized family and loved ones. However, due to the ongoing community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and local public health emergencies, we must take extra steps to protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community.

For example, our hospital as a whole is not allowing most visitors at this time, in order to protect our hospitalized patients and keep them safe. The decision to restrict visitors in the hospital was difficult, and made only after very careful considerations. With schools, houses of worship, and most other gathering places closed or highly restricted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, hospitals and health clinics are also making public safety the top priority.

Our goal is to protect you, your loved ones, other patients in the hospital, and our staff. and we appreciate your understanding.

We have several protocols in place to ensure people have safe deliveries with us during the pandemic. For example, our patients are prescreened for flu-like and coronavirus symptoms before entering the Labor and Delivery unit. All mothers admitted to the Labor and Delivery unit are tested for COVID-19. 

UC Davis Medical Center as a whole also has multiple coronavirus screening and safety protocols, including several that involve our patients and visitors

Note: Our maternity services director Debra Wright discusses pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care during the pandemic in this YouTube video, as does perinatal nurse educator and safety specialist Angelique Silva in this YouTube video

As always, we can offer our expecting moms the extraordinary expertise of the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked academic health center and Sacramento's No. 1-ranked hospital. In addition to skilled partnership for routine pregnancies, we can provide the highest standard of management for high-risk pregnancies, unique health concerns, complications, and unexpected situations. This expertise, also available on-site around the clock, is a hallmark of our care. We are uniquely prepared for special situations and emergencies.

UC Davis experts are also sharing their expertise nationally and internationally in the care of pregnant mothers and newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While our regular in-person, nurse-guided maternity tours are canceled at this time, our expecting moms can still view a maternity tour online.

We accept many major health insurance plans. To learn more about us or begin your maternity care with us, please give us a call:

If you are in labor or need obstetrical help and you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Our medical staff admits you into the unit, and converts your room into a negative pressure room to prevent the spread of the virus. All rooms can be converted to negative pressure rooms
  • Our medical staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE).

If you are not in labor and do not need immediate obstetrical help, but are showing flu-like symptoms, our labor and delivery unit will send you to our Emergency Department. 

Coronavirus are a family of viruses that cause illnesses from the common cold to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath and other flu-like symptoms. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which was first discovered in Wuhan, China, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

For more information, please visit our coronavirus information and resources page.