Doulas in New York City are preparing to go digital

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Two New York City hospital systems are barring anyone except the person in labor from the delivery room, including spouses, partners, and family members. People giving birth will have to go at it alone, which the hospitals say is necessary to protect patient safety during the COIVD-19 pandemic.
The rules were instituted by New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Health System, which have dozens of facilities in the New York area and together deliver nearly 20,000 babies a year. Neither hospital system is allowing visitors for adult patients, in general, which they say is to lower the risk of COIVD-19 spread in the facilities. “We encourage visitors to remain closely connected to their loved ones through virtual means,” the New…

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