Implementing a labor and delivery unit visitor policy necessitates balancing risks and benefits in the face of uncertain and evolving information. Ideally, such policy making balances the benefits and risks to the patient, the visitor, the community, the health care team, and perhaps above all, to the infant, in an evidence-based, nonreactionary, and compassionate manner.

This Viewpoint discusses the risks and benefits related to labor and delivery visitor policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors: Kavita Shah Arora, MD, BE, MS; Jaclyn, T. Mauch, BA; Kelly Smith Gibson, MD

Published: May 2020

DOI: 10.1001/jama.2020.7563

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