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Table 2 Timeline of hospital policies

From: “I had so many life-changing decisions I had to make without support”: a qualitative analysis of women’s pregnant and postpartum experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic





No masking

Required for patients, visitors, and staff in all areas of hospital

Prenatal/Postnatal Care


In-person and virtual options

Inpatient visitors

No limitations on number, age, or hours

Initially 1 consistent visitor > 16 years old with no hospital re-entry allowed

Later transitioned to 2 consistent visitors > 5 years old with re-entry allowed

COVID positive women


Initially no visitors and infant stays with mother unless in NICU

Later transitioned to allow approved visitation with appropriate PPE

Hallway access for walks during inpatient stay


Unavailable for all initially, but later unrestricted if COVID test negative

NICU visitation

Limited to 2 consistent individuals during flu seasons

Initially 1 consistent visitor, but later 2 consistent visitors