Now that North Carolina has entered Phase II of reopening, Best of Both Worlds will still be taking precautions by practicing social distancing from the general public through July 4th.
I am excited to announce that I am taking birth and postpartum clients due in July and beyond. In addition to in-person consultations, phone and video conferencing consultations and prenatal meetings will still be available for your convenience.
Travel doula services will be available in October at my discretion.
NEW SERVICE: Beginning in July, Adult and Infant CPR/First Aid training will be available to clients, small businesses and birth workers. Instructor: DeAntony Collins
Starting today, I will only be conducting consultations Tuesday-Thursday. Beginning in July, booking fees will be included in all electronic transactions and will show up on your invoice. Thank you for understanding.
Reduced virtual services will be available through the end of June as well. My operational hours have not changed and I am available by phone, text, email or video chat for your convenience.
Zumba classes will resume at the Laurel Hills Community Center in July. I will be hosting a few outdoor classes in June. Check out my Fitness Momshell Facebook page for updates.
- Know your rights. Hospital policies are not law.
- Advocate for yourself and reiterate your birth vision when necessary.
- If you or someone you know has given birth during the COVID-19 pandemic, please feel free to participate in my Birth in 2020 project. Learn more here.
Below you can find all of the latest information from local hospitals regarding COID-19 and visitor policies. These policies are changing every day so please be sure to confirm what is stated here and on their website by calling or emailing. I will try to keep this post updated as I receive new information from the hospitals and other local doulas.
*UNC Health Care/Rex Hospital
Update from UNC as of Thursday, June 18th, 2020: Effective Monday, June 22nd, one designated, screened visitor per patient for the duration of his/her stay will be permitted in the inpatient areas at UNC Health hospitals in the Triangle area. Please check the hospital website for visiting hours and other specifics. Doulas will be allowed to accompany a laboring mother in addition to the designated birth partner. There will be a screening process and a mask from the hospital will be required for the entire stay. The Operating Room (cesarean sections) policy allows one support person. *Doulas must have gone through the OR training at UNC to provide support there.
*WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Update for WakeMed as of Thursday, May 7th, 2020: All WakeMed facilities are now allowing doulas plus one additional support person! The Operating Room (cesarean sections) policy allows one support person and a doula at Wake Med Main.
Women's Birth and Wellness Center
Update for Duke as of Monday, April 27th, 2020: Duke Hospitals policy now states that every birthing person is entitled to a support person regardless of COVID-19 status!
NICU visitation policies: Likely one parent at a time; Screening questions & temperature checks. Some hospitals will have had COVID-19 testing during labor depending on hospital.
Wake County Health Department
Remember, you are the patient/parent and nothing should be decided or done in regards to you or your child(ren)'s care without your consent.
Evidence Based Birth
EBB has a downloadable consent form that you can print off and discuss with your provider. You can find it here.
COVID-19 response updates & resources for North Carolina
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
La Leche League International
Postpartum Support International