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Mother and Baby Visitor Guidelines

Modified Patient and Visitor Guidelines

For the safety of our patients, staff and community, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is modifying our patient and visitor guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Labor and Delivery


Updated 9/12/22 - Visitor level green: More open to visits

  • Up to two care partners may visit at the same time and are permitted for labor, delivery and duration of the birth parent’s hospital stay.
  • Children under 16 years old may visit if accompanied by an adult care partner. All care partners are required to present a government-issued ID at a front desk.
  • Care partners may rotate during visiting hours. To prevent overcrowding in waiting areas, “care partner exchange” must occur outside the hospital or in lobby areas.
  • One certified or registered doula is permitted for labor and non-surgical delivery.
  • One care partner OR one certified or registered doula is allowed in the operating room during surgical delivery.


Maternal Child Unit (after delivery)



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